Posted in Patient Safety Posted August 6, 2014
EMT Hand-Washing Habits Need Improvement
Have you read this interesting and surprising study about EMS and hand sanitizing? As an industry we might want to study and discuss it further as well as support each other for better compliance? Does it raise a deeper question? What about the equipment we touch while taking care of our patients? When we are gloved are we risking cross contamination to ourselves and our next patient? Furthermore, think about the cab of our ambulances with the many things we touch and have contact with. Is there any risk there? Most services are vigilante and proactive with their disinfection process, however, we are prone to slips and drift from best practices.
What are your thoughts, do you wash your hands?
Posted in Patient Safety Posted July 23, 2014
Last month, NHTSA’s Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) hosted the first installment of its EMS Focus: A Collaborative Federal Webinar Series.
The first webinar, moderated by Dr. Brinsfield, Federal Involvement in EMS — provided the EMS community with an opportunity to discuss EMS activity at the federal level – in real time. The priorities include:
- Evidence Based Guidelines
- Military to Civilian Credentialing
For this recording or future webinars visit their website.
Posted in Patient Safety, PSO, PSO case law Posted July 21, 2014
On July 17, 2014, PSO Participants were invited to attend “PSO Participation and Protections – a Practical and Legal Perspective”, a webinar cohosted by the North Carolina Quality Center PSO and the Center for Patient Safety PSO. Topic coverage included legal perspectives and PSOs presented by Michael R. Callahan. Mr. Callahan also reviewed case law and the North Carolina, Illinois and Missouri Statutes. CPS PSO Participants can download materials and watch the recorded session.
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.
Posted in Patient Safety Posted July 20, 2014
The Center for Patient Safety is exited to announce our newly acquired membership with the American Ambulance Association (AAA). Our membership with AAA will support the opportunity to engage work with EMS leaders from diverse organizations around the country. The Center will be exhibiting at the AAA Annual Conference and Trade Show November 17-19 in Las Vegas.
For more information visit their website: http://www.the-aaa.org/