Growing EMS Safety Culture, Center's 2013 EMS Conference

May 21, 2013    |   By: Calevir

“We [the EMS industry] need  a unified message on safety,” was a key message tying together several presentations at the Center for Patient Safety’s 2013 EMS conference held on May 7th in Columbia, Missouri.

This year’s fourth annual event brought over 80 attendees a variety of updates and ideas about safety culture in EMS at national and local levels, from the broad-based need for an industry safety culture being developed through the National Culture of Safety Project; learning to recognize expertise and its influence on perceptions of safety; understanding that “you can’t be curious and angry at the same time,” to perform unbiased event investigations; and learning about one agency’s success at identifying medication errors, and how they have changed their system for administering medications.Comments from attendees included:    This conference featured some of the best speakers that I have heard in a long time”; “The topics presented were useful, relevant, and interesting”; and “I will be taking a hard look at medication errors.”

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