2014 EMS Patient Safety Conference Success!

November 14, 2014    |   By: Calevir

The Center for Patient Safety’s Annual EMS Patient Safety Conference was a success!   We had great speakers who brought new ideas and concepts that helped stretch the imagination of those attending.

  • David Williams from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement shared the Plan-Do-Study-Act method for organizational change and success.
  • Tom Judge, Executive Director of Lifeflight of Maine having years of EMS experience, offered practical advice regarding the changes that he has witnessed in EMS.   He also discussed how organizations can utilize a culture of safety to help manage risk.
  • Michael Bachman from Wake County EMS in Raleigh, NC shared his insights and experience regarding the coordination of patient safety using mobile integrated healthcare, focusing on “For the patient, not to the patient”.

The conference breakout sessions included an introduction to Just Culture and the first EMS PSO Safe Table Discussion.

Participants attending the Just Culture Session discovered the importance of creating a safe environment for examining how and why an adverse event happens rather than immediately looking to place blame on someone.

Participants in the PSO Safe Table Sessions were divided into groups to identify adverse events and worked through case analysis using a defect improvement tool. Safe tables are always conducted with strict confidentiality. Each group looked for areas on how events might be prevented in the future.   Each group reported   to others about their case, what happened, why it happened, and how preventative processes could be placed.   One participant shared, “This is a great way to learn; in fact I’m making changes at our organization when I get back to prevent this from happening in our community.”

On behalf of the entire staff at the Center for Patient Safety – Thank you for attending and making this event a success.   We look forward to seeing you in St. Louis, October 30, 2015!


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