#EMSFORWARD

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.The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) is here to support EMS professionals and offer resources as well as tools to improve safety. The EMSFoward campaign provides ten topics to begin the discussion of patient safety and 12 additional topics to continue the discussion. At CPS, our focus is on learning what medical errors occur and why, and how to reduce preventable harm.

This campaign is consistent with our mission and focus as we support and promote safety in EMS. Together, we will help move #EMSForward. We invite you to engage in the conversation further on social media and watch for additional content to support the #EMSForward campaign!

EMS Forward EMS Forward 360
 

WHAT IS EMSFORWARD?
EMSFORWARD is a campaign to improve patient and provider safety in EMS.

WHY PATIENT SAFETY?
Patient safety is an area that hasn’t been studied in depth or researched  intensively in EMS. Start by learning what medical errors are occurring, why they occur and then apply methods to prevent them.

WHY THESE 10 TOPICS?
The 10 topics were identified by CPS based upon voluntary data submitted to the CPS PSO. The topics selected for this booklet came from the analysis.

WHO SHOULD READ THIS?
Everyone who wants to improve EMS patient and provider safety.

HOW TO USE THE BOOKLET?
Use the booklet to learn about 10 topics, then ask yourself the question posed on each page.

NEXT STEPS
Take action to improve your safety culture and the system designs or processes in delivering emergency care.

 

WHAT IS EMSFORWARD 360?
EMSFORWARD 360 is part of an ongoing campaign to develop awareness, understanding and action to improve safety culture in EMS.

WHAT IS CULTURE?
An organization’s culture is comprised of the many attitudes, beliefs, values and perceptions which can shape behaviors or decision making.

WHY THESE 12 TOPICS?
The 12 topics presented in this booklet are based on a tool used to measure patient safety culture in Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

WHO SHOULD READ THIS?
EMS professionals who want to improve their culture of safety.

HOW TO USE THIS BOOKLET?
Discuss the questions around each topic to better appreciate how culture impacts your organization.

NEXT STEPS
Ask yourself, “How can I take action? What are the necessary steps to improve my organization’s safety culture?”

Please provide the following information to download your copy of the EMSForward and EMSForward 360.
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CPS PSO Annual Report:

The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) is certified as a federally-designated Patient Safety Organization (PSO) in compliance with provisions of the federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005

CPS Safety Alert – Violence Against Healthcare Workers:

SAFETY ALERT: Violence Against Health Care Workers Includes: Verbal Threats Hitting Biting Scratching Kicking Stalking Harassment ACTIONABLE ITEMS TO MITIGATE RISK Review policies and education of staff pe

CENTER FOR PATIENT SAFETY RECOGNIZES LEE COUNTY EMS:

Lee County EMS is awarded the EMS Patient Safety First Award Left to Right – Field Training Officer Fred Jackson, EMS Chief, Ben Abes, Capt. Colin Johnson (Patient Safety Team Leader), Lt. Shane Rack

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The Center for Patient Safety believes that collaboration and sharing are the best ways to drive improvement. We strive to provide the right solutions and resources to improve healthcare safety and quality.