The Center is pleased to announce the date of our upcoming annual EMS Patient Safety Conference, scheduled for November 12, 2014. This conference is expected to be bigger and better than previous years, bringing national EMS experts together to share strategies to improve patient safety, highlight successful practices and provide broad networking opportunities to share successes and challenges. 7 CEUs available for attendees.
We invite you to register to attend or visit our conference page for more information!
Conference highlights include:
- David Williams, Institute for Healthcare Improvement Faculty will present Plan-Do-Study-Act
- Tom Judge, Executive Director at Lifeflight of Maine will present Safety Culture and Management of risk
- Michael Bachman from Wake County EMS in Raleigh, NC will present the Coordination of Patient Safety in Mobile Integrated Healthcare
- And much more!
Limited sponsor/vendor opportunities are still available – Sign up today!
Posted in Alerts, EMS, EMS PSO Posted October 28, 2014
This Safety Watch is to advise you that having multiple different types of cricothyrotomy kits can lead to confusion during an airway emergency. We believe standardizing your equipment including cricothyrotomy kits within an organization or within a region would help to reduce the likelihood of an adverse event.
Cricothyrotomy also commonly called a “cric” is an emergent procedure for establishing an immediate airway. The procedure can be performed several ways with various commercially prepared kits or with specialty prepared equipment. The skill requires the provider to access the cricothyroid membrane to establish an airway for oxygenation and ventilation.
Possible reasons for these events:
- Access to different types of kits can lead to confusion during an airway emergency
View the full Safety Watch to see recommendations for mitigating risk.
Posted in EMS, EMS PSO, Federal Protections, PSO Posted October 28, 2014
That was the message shared with EMS professionals at ESO Solutions WAVE 2014 Conference in Austin, Texas. EMS leaders learned about protecting an organization’s safety and quality work as well as how they can safely learn from each other to prevent future events from occurring. The presentation, PSO 101, explains the Patient Safety Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA) for EMS professionals. A Patient Safety Organization (PSO) is a new concept for many in EMS. If you would like more information or to schedule a presentation, please visit www.emspso.org, contact the Center for Patient Safety at email@example.com, or call 1.888.935.8272.
Posted in Patient Safety Posted October 20, 2014
The Joint Commission is enhancing its focus on patient safety in hospitals, as evidenced by their October 20, 2014 announcement of a “first time event” – publishing a standards chapter on-line to ease access to key patient safety standards spread throughout their accreditation standards. Ana Pujols McKee, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer of the TJC states, “A solid foundation for patient safety is a safety culture. For leaders, our hope is they will study this chapter and use it as a tool to build or improve their safety culture program. Developing a culture of safety starts at the top of the chain of command, and then works its way through the layers of management and employees to build trust which is an essential ingredient for improvement. In order for improvement to take root and spread, leaders need to be engaged and know the current state of the culture in their organization.” The chapter is oriented toward leaders to establish a safety culture that leads to learning from patient safety events. Go to the Center’s website to learn more about the Center’s safety culture assessment and training services.
Posted in Culture of Safety, EMS, EMS PSO, Events, Patient Safety Culture, PSES, PSO, PSO case law, PSWP, Sponsor/vendor Posted October 14, 2014
The latest newsletter from the Center for Patient Safety has been released. The Fall 2014 EMS PSONews contains information on the recently released PSO Safety Alert and EMS Safety Watch, articles on the legal environment to help maximize federal protections from the PSO, patient safety culture topics, and much more! Download the newsletter or view on Issuu.