Fist bump – save lives?

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Research is showing that greeting people with a fist bump vs. a handshake greatly decreases the chance of spreading diseases.  Of course that will require a culture change, but some hospitals are taking on that challenge.  Study results are in the August edition of the American Journal of Infection Control.

EMS PSO Data Entry Webinar a Success

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The Center recently hosted an EMS data entry webinar to assist new participants in entering events.  Established and new participants were able to use this webinar  to focus on how to use special features of the Verge platform, as well as how to enter events into ShareSuite.  We hope it gave insight on how to enter some of the events that new participants might need help with.  Alex Christgen describes the Verge platform as “a robust tool that offers many opportunities above and beyond adverse reporting”.   One of the many features is that ShareSuite participants can run reports and start to understand trends or explore areas for quality improvement.  Recent updates on the reporting fields have shortened the time necessary to enter an event.

Did you know the Center supports reporting on the following?

  • Medication Errors
  • Airway Management issues
  • Equipment/Device/Supply issues
  • Ambulance Crash
  • Other Miscellaneous Events
  • STEMI/Stroke Quality Indicators

Center releases Summer edition of PSO Newsletter

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The latest PSONews-Summer Edition includes:

  • PSO data summary
  • EMS PSO & LTC PSO Updates
  • Legal Environment Updates
  • Good Catch
  • And much more!

AHRQ webinar to present Medical Office Survey Highlights

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The 2014 Medical Office User Comparative Database Report, released earlier this year, will be summarized by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) via webinar on Tuesday, September 16, from 1-2pm EDT. Survey administration experiences and implemented improvement initiatives will be provided from the perspective of a system with more than 200 medical offices as well as a a federally qualified rural health center clinic. Register for this webinar.

The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) fully supports this diagnostic tool to measure your patient safety culture. If you are interested in administering the survey in your medical offices, let CPS provide you with an estimate., or learn more about CPS survey administration.

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EMS Telemedicine is coming, are you interested?

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Telemedicine is not new, in fact many hospitals have been using it for years to monitor or support other health facilities.  With the introduction of new technology as well as the mobility to support it, EMS Telemedicine is starting to grow.  Read more about the Alleghany pilot program.

Mixed results from Kentucky Supreme Court

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The Kentucky Supreme Court has issued its anxiously awaited opinion in Tibbs, et al. v. Bunnell (2012-SC-000603-MR). The opinion is available online here. Earlier in the case, the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled that only work reflecting “self-examining analysis,” could be protected PSWP, eliminating data or reports used as part of that analysis from protection. The hospital appealed, with support from the national PSO community. The Kentucky Supreme Court rejected that restriction based on the language of the law and final rule.  It went on to examine the definition of PSWP as applied to the information sought by the plaintiff, which included incident reports. Read More

Falls Prevention Awareness Day is Sept 23, 2014

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From the Center for Healthy Aging, National Council on Aging (NCOA):

Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow

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Date: September 23, 2014

The 7th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day will be observed on September 23, 2014—the first day of fall. This year’s theme, Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow, seeks to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.

The Falls Free® Initiative is a national effort led by NCOA to address the growing public health issue of falls and fall-related injuries and deaths in older adults.

Norway uses smaller ambulances with big focus on safety

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ambulance design3Ever wondered what an ambulance from another country might look like?  Ronald Rolfsen from Oslo University Hospital recently spoke about Ambulance Safety and Design at the Kansas EMS Conference.  In Norway, there is a tradition to use smaller ambulances compared to USA. The ambulances are designed with a focus on automobile safety, occupant safety, ergonomics, and user friendliness. At the head of the stretcher is a seat where the airway of the patient would be managed. If you look closely you will see that equipment and necessary tools are within reach. Rolfsen says it’s important to set design standards so crews can take care of the patient and remain secure with seat-belts. The pictures are from Oslo ambulance services new intensive care ambulance.  Thank you for the great presentation at KEMSA, Ronald Rolfsen!

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