From the Center for Healthy Aging, National Council on Aging (NCOA):
Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow
Date: September 23, 2014
The 7th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day will be observed on September 23, 2014—the first day of fall. This year’s theme, Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow, seeks to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.
The Falls Free® Initiative is a national effort led by NCOA to address the growing public health issue of falls and fall-related injuries and deaths in older adults.
Posted in EMS, EMS PSO, Patient Safety Posted August 22, 2014
Ever wondered what an ambulance from another country might look like? Ronald Rolfsen from Oslo University Hospital recently spoke about Ambulance Safety and Design at the Kansas EMS Conference. In Norway, there is a tradition to use smaller ambulances compared to USA. The ambulances are designed with a focus on automobile safety, occupant safety, ergonomics, and user friendliness. At the head of the stretcher is a seat where the airway of the patient would be managed. If you look closely you will see that equipment and necessary tools are within reach. Rolfsen says it’s important to set design standards so crews can take care of the patient and remain secure with seat-belts. The pictures are from Oslo ambulance services new intensive care ambulance. Thank you for the great presentation at KEMSA, Ronald Rolfsen!
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Posted in EMS, EMS PSO, Events, Patient Safety Posted August 11, 2014
Multiple stretcher-related incidents have been reported to the Center’s Patient Safety Organization. The areas of concern are from real events. Read the full Safety Watch on EMS Stretchers.
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?