EMS PSO

Strategy for a National EMS Culture of Safety

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Almost a year later…have you read it yet?

It’s been almost a year since once of the most important safety and culture documents has been released.  The Center for Patient Safety encourages you to read the Strategy for a National EMS Culture of Safety and support discussion with your peers.

2014 EMS Patient Safety Conference – SAVE THE DATE!

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Logo2The 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.

We invite you to mark your calendar to save the date and join us!

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 available – Sign up today!

An EMS PSO Call to Action

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We are fortunate in Missouri to have the opportunity to work with an EMS Patient Safety Organization (PSO). As you know, the Center, as a PSO is collecting data you have indicated to be important to you, including ambulance crashes.

Please take a moment to read an interesting and concerning article about ambulance crashes in JEMS online.  The article concludes with an opportunity to share events and find ways to improve our industry, however, the authors do not mention the opportunity to do just that, through a Patient Safety Organization (PSO).

CALL TO ACTION: When you finish reading the article, please consider taking a moment to post a comment supporting the importance of the PSO to EMS.

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Ask the Lawyer: EMS PSO and the Law

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SAVE THE DATE!

Date: October 1, 2014
Time: 11:30-12:30 Central
Cost: FREE
Suggested Attendees: EMS Leadership including Board Members and legal representatives

REGISTER

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.

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Center Releases EMS-PSONews, Spring Edition

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EMS PSONews… a compilation of PSO topics specific to EMS

The latest EMS PSONews-Spring Edition includes articles and PSO information specific to EMS:

  • learning and sharing: defibrillation vs synchronized cardioversion
  • updates on EMS PSO activity
  • a legal update on Patient Safety Organization (PSO) protections,
  • highlights from the annual Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality meeting,
  • and much more!

Center releases Spring edition of PSO Newsletter

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The latest PSONews-Spring Edition includes:

  • a legal update on Patient Safety Organization (PSO) protections,
  • highlights from the annual Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality meeting,
  • coverage of the CPS WhitePaper on PSOs & ACOs,
  • a shared story with positive results from a policy aimed at managing aggressive behavior in the hospital,
  • and much more!

CPS welcomes Lee Varner as new EMS Project Manager

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The Center is excited and proud to announce Lee Varner as our new EMS Project Manager as of May 21!  Lee joins the Center, most recently working with Mercy St. Louis as the EMS Outreach Coordinator where he has been working on a multitude of projects, including the development and implementation of “EMSource” a Mercy smart device application for EMS agencies to quickly access protocols and other useful information.  Lee is a licensed paramedic with over 20 years of field experience, and also  serves on the Missouri State Clinical Conference Board and the St. Louis County EMS and Hospital Communications Commission. Lee will be heading up all of the Center’s work related to emergency medical services safety culture and PSO activities.  Please join us in welcoming Lee!

Air Evac Lifeteam selects CPS for PSO services

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The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) has landed its first national contract from Air Evac Lifeteam, a subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings, announced Becky Miller, executive director, CPS.  Air Evac Lifeteam, an air ambulance company, currently has 115 bases in 15 states.  The three-year participation agreement was executed on April 1, 2014.“By participating with CPS, Air Evac is clearly indicating its commitment to improving patient safety and quality in pre-hospital care,” Miller said. “PSO participation affords the benefit of protected sharing and learning with other EMS providers, and regional collaboration with many other healthcare providers. We are thrilled to be working with them.”

Additionally, Air Evac will participate in the Center’s EMS PSO Advisory Committee, as well as the Data Development Committee for valuable input and expertise as the Center continues to modify and expand the EMS database.

“We are very excited and honored to have additional air medical expertise to contribute to our work with EMS,” said Carol Hafley, assistant director for CPS and director of the EMS business line. “They provide a very broad-based view of patient safety issues in the air medical industry with their national presence.”

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