Posted in EMS, EMS PSO, Prevention, PSO Posted February 25, 2015
Dr. Jay Reich, EMS Medical Director for the Kansas City Fire Department, presented last week at the EMS State of the Sciences Conference, also known as “The Gathering of Eagles”. The conference is a unique, and highly respected, conference in EMS. Each year, the conference offers opportunities to learn about the latest science and advances in EMS, including current research, data and industry innovations. Those selected to present at the conference are EMS medical directors from the largest EMS systems in the United States. In addition, other leading experts from around the world present relative information to advance the practice of EMS.
Dr. Reich’s presentation titled “PSOs as SOPs! Getting Patient Safety Organization Buy-In for EMS CQI” shared how participating with a PSO can protect the quality and safety work in EMS, as well as support the EMS medical director. Since Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) are fairly new to EMS, Reich outlined some of the benefits of PSO participation, such as, information and key examples of how Kansas City Fire Department is implementing efforts towards greater patient safety and quality improvement. His presentation focused on the ways a PSO supports the EMS shift to proactive efforts to prevent adverse events and unsafe conditions instead of reactive.
Dr. Reich’s full presentation can be found at the Gathering of Eagles website under 2015 presentations.
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.
Posted in Center Info, Falls, Prevention Posted August 15, 2012
CPS attended the presentation of the Falls Awareness Prevention Day proclamation today in the Governor’s Office in Jefferson City. Ten members of the Show-Me Falls Free Missouri Coalition were in attendance. This year, Falls Awareness Prevention Day will be recognized on Friday, September 21, with numerous activities occurring statewide to educate our communities on actions to take to prevent falls. For more information, visit the Show Me Falls Free Missouri website.
The November AHRQ newsletter has two examples about the positive influence of team training on medical workers and its effect on patient safety. Dr. Robert Wachter, Editor of AHRQ WebM&M, spoke with Dr. Eduardo Salas, a professor of Psychology at the University of Central Florida who served in the Navy for 15 years, about applying lessons learned from military team work training to medical teams. “Those who know about teamwork do better.” Read the interview and listen to a perspective piece online.
The Food and Drug Administration has launched the Preventing Surgical Fires Initiative. Resources that are part of the initiative include a toolkit for organizations to use to reduce the risk of surgical fires including a fire safety video from the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. As part of the initiative, the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses is making the Fire Safety Toolkit available for download free of charge through November 13.
Posted in AHRQ, Preventable Errors, Prevention Posted September 29, 2011
Medical errors can occur anywhere in the health care system: In hospitals, clinics, surgery centers, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, pharmacies, and patients’ homes. Errors can involve medicines, surgery, diagnosis, equipment, or lab reports. These tips tell what you can do to get safer care.
Posted in Becky Miller, Falls, Prevention Posted September 23, 2011
Friday, September 23rd is the nationwide Falls Prevention Awareness Day. The Missouri Center for Patient Safety encourages everyone to consider the falling risks our loved ones may face, participate in local Falls Awareness Day activities, and take action. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website offers a listing of Falls Day activities throughout Missouri, as well as numerous resources to identify and reduce the risk of falling for elderly loved ones. Read More
Posted in Patient Safety, Prevention, Quality of Care Posted September 15, 2011
Research reveals a decrease in medication discrepancies may be possible if a pharmacist is included in the patient discharge planning with the internal medicine team.