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/
Posted in Patient Safety Posted July 13, 2014
There was strong interest about ambulance design standards and safety at the MAA membership meeting last week. Ron Thackery, AMR, Senior Vice President of Professional Services and Integration presented “National Ambulance Standards: What’s Ahead”. Many EMS leaders wonder what the future holds as new design and safety standards will likely increase the cost of manufacturing.
Mr. Thackery’s discussion topics included:
- National standards – do they exist for safety and what is their impact on EMS?
- The differences between the GSA/KKK ambulance design standard, NFPA 1917 and CAAS GVS 2015.
- Why so many EMTs/Medics do not currently wear seat belts in the back of an ambulance.
- How you can improve the culture of safety in your organization.
- Are bigger ambulances really better?
- Now that you’ve seen powered cots and powered loading devices – what’s next on the horizon?
- Do ergonomics matter in the back of the rig?
Terry Buddemeyer, Director for the Washington Area Ambulance District, commented about the presentation: “The presentation was extremely helpful in understanding the different definitions that are being used in our industry… I also found the simulated crash information very concerning, in fact it would be good for our EMT’s and Paramedics to see what happens at a 30 mph crash.”
For more information go to the Missouri Ambulance Association website. Serving all Missouri Emergency Medical Service Providers.
Posted in Center Info, Patient Safety, PSO Posted July 10, 2014
A message from Michael Handler, MD, Medical Director, Center for Patient Safety
From a physician’s perspective, organizations such as the Center for Patient Safety, including the role of a federally-designated Patient Safety Organization (PSO), are playing a key role in healthcare and can play an even greater role in the future.
I am proud to serve as the Center’s Medical Director supporting the Center’s work with health systems, hospitals, ambulance services, physician practices and nursing homes as well as its outreach to consumers.
As the healthcare landscape continues to change under the federal Affordable Care Act, implementation of Health Insurance Exchanges and the explosion of Accountable Care Organizations, the need for healthcare providers to work together across various settings is increasing exponentially. This work must focus on the assessment, evaluation and improvement of the quality and safety of healthcare delivery regardless of where that care is delivered. This is where organizations like the Center come into play!
Posted in AHRQ, Patient Safety, Prevention Posted July 10, 2014
The most recent release of the AHRQ Web M&M: morbidity & mortality rounds on the web, include the following cases and commentaries:
Review these cases and the commentaries provided for reasons these events occurred and tips and resources to prevent similar situations from occurring at your healthcare location.