EMS PSO

Just Released! Fall EMS Patient Safety and PSO Newsletter Available!

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CaptureThe Center’s Fall Edition of EMS Patient Safety and PSONews contains the following articles and more:

  • Just Culture and Learning from Errors
  • Things to Ask When Considering Joining a PSO
  • More Case Law Provides Support for PSO Protections
  • Final Recommendations Published from the NHTSA Culture of Safety Project
  • EMS Data System Gets a Boost from VergeSolutions

Download now or view online at ISSUU.com

CONTACT A MEMBER OF THE CENTER’S PSO TEAM FOR MORE INFORMATION:

For additional information on the Center’s PSO activities, previous newsletters, resources, toolkits, upcoming events, Survey on Patient Safety, and more, please visit the other pages on our website, or for the most up-to-date news, follow us on Twitter @PtSafetyExpert or subscribe to eNews updates.

CPS Presents Webinar Series for American Ambulance Association (AAA)

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The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) is proud and honored to be presenting a three-part webinar series for ambulance services titled “Connecting the Dots – What a Culture of Safety and Patient Safety Organizations Mean to Quality and Safety Improvements in EMS”.  This three-part webinar series will link the broad recommendations coming out of the Strategy for a National EMS Culture of Safety document, identifying what is a culture of safety and how they can begin to implement the ideas and concepts in their services; assessing their current QI processes and how they can legally protect them (and why they should) under the umbrella of a PSO; the importance of voluntary reporting; and the potential ACA implications to EMS on error reporting in the future. The series will also include a high level overview of EMS error data currently being reported to the CPS PSO, and first-hand experience with implementing a culture of safety and medical error reporting within large EMS agencies.

The series begins on October 3 and runs through October 17.  Visit the AAA education and training website for registration and further details.

EMS Agencies Can Have Legal Protections

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Attention all EMS agencies! 

Many states, including Missouri, provide no legal protection for your patient safety and quality improvement discussions, but there is an answer:  federal law allows you to join a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) which provides legal protection.

The Center for Patient Safety always welcomes new agencies to our PSO.  The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) supports participation in a PSO as explained in their recent endorsement.  For more information, contact Carol Hafley, or visit our our EMS PSO page.

About the Center:  The Center for Patient Safety has been working with EMS providers since 2009 and was the first to offer and support PSO protections for EMS agencies.

Growing EMS Safety Culture, Center’s 2013 EMS Conference

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“We [the EMS industry] need  a unified message on safety,” was a key message tying together several presentations at the Center for Patient Safety’s 2013 EMS conference held on May 7th in Columbia, Missouri.

This year’s fourth annual event brought over 80 attendees a variety of updates and ideas about safety culture in EMS at national and local levels, from the broad-based need for an industry safety culture being developed through the National Culture of Safety Project; learning to recognize expertise and its influence on perceptions of safety; understanding that “you can’t be curious and angry at the same time,” to perform unbiased event investigations; and learning about one agency’s success at identifying medication errors, and how they have changed their system for administering medications.Comments from attendees included:   This conference featured some of the best speakers that I have heard in a long time”; “The topics presented were useful, relevant, and interesting”; and “I will be taking a hard look at medication errors.”

Visit our conference web page for downloads and recordings!!

Center Hosts Booth at American Ambulance Association Convention!

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Over 400 ambulance managers, directors, and administrators attended the American Ambulance Association Convention in Las Vegas last week, giving CPS the opportunity to discuss the benefits of EMS PSO participation.  Many states do not have adequate peer review, or confidentiality protections for quality and safety work in EMS, and we were happy to share what PSOs can do for EMS!

JUST RELEASED! EMS PSO Newsletter, Fall 2012 Edition

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Read about the great work going on with our participating EMS agencies in our latest EMS PSO News edition!

Just Culture in EMS Continues to Grow

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MOCPS was excited to learn of a new associate at Outcome Engenuity. Paul LeSage, from the Portland, Oregon area, has over 30 years in fire and EMS service as a flight paramedic, assistant chief, and expert in front-line emergency service operations. Paul brings his unique application of the Just Culture concepts to the EMS community. MOCPS is looking forward to working with Paul (and the rest of the Outcome Engenuity team) in the future!  Find out more on Outcome Engenuity’s site.

3rd Annual Missouri EMS Patient Safety Conference

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On Tuesday, May 15, the Missouri Center for Patient Safety sponsored its 3rd annual EMS Patient Safety Conference. More than 60 EMS agencies from across the state of Missouri were represented in Columbia by EMS personnel, gathering to learn the latest information on patient safety topics specific to their field.

Highlights of the day included speaker, Dr. Coy Callison, a leading researcher in communications from Texas Tech, who presented his latest findings regarding communication in the workplace and its important role in patient safety in EMS; Matt Zavadsky, a former paramedic and manager of private sector ambulance services, spoke of the importance of building processes related to vehicle response times and other safety issues in EMS within a “Just” culture. Attendees received a sneak peak at the recently released Just Culture EMS staff training materials provided by Outcome Engenuity. Those who attended received continuing education units.

To find out more about how your EMS agency can improve patient safety, contact Carol Hafley at the Missouri Center for Patient Safety.

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