“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.”
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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!
Posted in Center Info, EMS PSO Posted November 21, 2012
Read about the great work going on with our participating EMS agencies in our latest EMS PSO News edition!
Posted in EMS PSO, Just Culture Posted June 29, 2012
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.
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.
Are you an EMS provider who cares about patient safety and creating a culture of safety – this conference is for you!
Join us in Columbia, Missouri on Tuesday, May 15th, at the Stoney Creek Inn where you will learn about communication; balancing response times and safety; view the EMS Just Culture staff training materials; and participate in hands-on work with policies and procedures for submitting information to a PSO.
The MOCPS and the Missouri Ambulance Association (MAA) were selected for a poster presentation at the American Ambulance Association’s Annual Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas this week! The poster, titled “Confidentiality Protection for your QI Work With a Patient Safety Organization”, showcases the Missouri EMS PSO Project, and its progress to date! MOCPS, MAA, and Outcome Engineering are also sponsoring a joint vendor booth to promote the Just Culture message and the new EMS training materials which all three organizations contributed to developing.
Posted in Carol Hafley, Center Info, EMS PSO Posted November 11, 2011
The MOCPS is proud to announce we now have more than 50 ambulance services participating in the PSO! Recruitment efforts will continue through the remainder of the year and in to 2012. For more information on how your ambulance service can participate, please visit the EMS PSO web page!