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 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.
The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) recently exhibited at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Nashville, Tennessee. This exciting opportunity allowed us to meet with industry leaders, experts, and providers in air medical services. The conference brought a wide group of these attendees to the exhibit hall with new and innovative equipment and technology. CPS enjoyed sharing information about our services with air and ground EMS during breaks.
Many people were not familiar with the services available from a Patient Safety Organization (PSO), like the Center for Patient Safety. Many states do not have peer review protection for their quality and safety work, but, by participating with a PSO, federal protection is available for safety and quality work. A PSO offers a safe way to share adverse events, near misses, and unsafe conditions. We all learn in different ways, but we can agree learning by our mistakes can be costly. Working with a PSO offers the opportunity to report errors in a safe way so we can learn from each other to help prevent future events.
Many of the programs and sessions at the conference addressed culture issues. Just Culture reshapes our understanding of accountability, the role of the system, and the role of human behavior. This allows us to distinguish human behaviors and develop a consistent way to establish a safe environment by managing the system and behavior. As we shift the way we think, act, and react, we are beginning to change the culture in EMS. Just Culture is not a one day event; it’s the starting point for an organization’s journey as they shape their future course.
If you would like more information please contact us.
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 EMS PSO, Patient Safety Posted September 10, 2014
The latest PSONews-Summer Edition includes:
- PSO data summary
- EMS PSO & LTC PSO Updates
- Legal Environment Updates
- Good Catch
- And much more!
Date: October 1, 2014
Time: 11:30-12:30 Central
Suggested Attendees: EMS Leadership including Board Members and legal representatives
Watch the recording
Please join us for a special webinar featuring Kathy Wire, JD, MBA, CPHRM, Center for Patient Safety (CPS) attorney, on October 1, 2014. This event is an opportunity to learn more about CPS and how your agency can benefit from participation in a Patient Safety Organization (PSO).
Did you know there is little to no legal protection for peer review or safety and quality improvement work in EMS? The CPS is a Federal listed PSO that offers you and your service protection for this important work.
Posted in EMS, EMS PSO, Patient Safety Posted August 22, 2014
Ever 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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