Whether you are a provider, educator or medical director take a few minutes and read this important article in EMS1.com called “Do it For Drew”. This is a story that highlights why patient safety is important in EMS and should be at the core of our education and daily practice. Read article.
PATIENT DESTINATION DECISIONS Thousands of patients are treated and transported by EMS to a destination hospital every day. Most hospitals can meet the required needs of EMS patients; however, patients who have certain conditions, i.e. Stroke, STEMI, Trauma or Pediatrics, often require more specialized care as quickly as possible. These patients have time sensitive conditions
The CDC issued a health advisory urging dialysis providers and facilities to assess and improve infection control practices to stop Hepatitis C viral transmission in patients undergoing hemodialysis. A health advisory may not require immediate attention but provides important information for a specific incident or situation. The CDC received an increased number of reports of
LEAP INTO PATIENT SAFETY IN 2016! Attention hospitals, LTC, EMS, pharmacies, medical offices, home care and all healthcare providers: The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) is joining Patient Safety Awareness Week to acknowledge: Safe Care is Our Focus, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 366 days a year. In recognizing the year-round efforts
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a special and unique profession with many dedicated men and women. These professionals bring compassion, enthusiasm and dependability in often very challenging environments. CPS is here to support EMS professionals and offer resources as well as tools to improve safety. At CPS, our focus is on learning what medical errors
CPS is partnering with other PSOs to provide a series of educational webinars throughout 2016. Supported by NextPlane Solutions, these webinars will be available at no charge. The first session is hosted by our friends at the North Carolina Quality Center PSO. “Stronger Action Plans: The next chapter in risk management and patient safety.” Our
Intravenous infusion pumps have been used for many years to deliver medications at precise rates or in specific amounts. However, “smart” pumps that have software that calculates doses and alerts users to potential errors are becoming more prevalent. They include a library of medications that includes dosing guidelines, dose limits and clinical advisories. The pumps
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