PSO’s as Standard Operating Procedures

February 25, 2015    |   By: Calevir

Dr. Jay Reich, EMS Medical Director for the Kansas City Fire Department, presented last week at the EMS State of the Sciences Conference, also known as “The Gathering of Eagles”.   The conference is a unique, and highly respected, conference in EMS.   Each year, the conference offers opportunities to learn about the latest science and advances in EMS, including current research, data and industry innovations.   Those selected to present at the conference are EMS medical directors from the largest EMS systems in the United States.   In addition, other leading experts from around the world present relative information to advance the practice of EMS.

Dr. Reich’s presentation titled “PSOs as SOPs! Getting Patient Safety Organization Buy-In for EMS CQI” shared how participating with a PSO can protect the quality and safety work in EMS, as well as support the EMS medical director.   Since Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) are fairly new to EMS, Reich outlined some of the benefits of PSO participation, such as, information and key examples of how Kansas City Fire Department is implementing efforts towards greater patient safety and quality improvement. His presentation focused on the ways a PSO supports the EMS shift to proactive efforts to prevent adverse events and unsafe conditions instead of reactive.

Dr. Reich’s full presentation can be found at the Gathering of Eagles website under 2015 presentations.

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