CPS EMS Patient Safety Conference Recap

December 2, 2015    |   By: Calevir

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SAFETY was the message at our Annual EMS Patient Safety Conference in Saint Louis, Missouri.  A one of a kind event that gathers EMS leaders, providers and medical directors to learn, listen, and participate in safety centered activities.  This year was no exception as national experts spoke about some of the most pressing issues facing EMS today.

The day started with an EMS medical director’s breakfast that focused around developing “Safety Huddles” or meetings that would allow for sharing and learning while maintaining the privileges found with Patient Safety Organization (PSO) participation.  Dr. Alexander Garza kicked off the conference with a presentation called “Transforming Quality in EMS” which focused on several key areas including the current state of data in EMS and how it will drive future medical care and policy.  Allison J. Bloom Esq. followed about PSO Hot Topics that are influencing EMS and the importance of participating with a PSO  to protect data.  Fatigue is a major concern in EMS. Dr. Daniel Patterson had a compelling presentation about how fatigue affects EMS providers. The afternoon began with a Just Culture breakout session with Mark Alexander for non-participants, while PSO participants engaged in case studies and analysis of de-identified adverse events for shared learning and best practices. Dr. Peter Antevy finished the day with a presentation about pediatric complexities and EMS.  The presentation focused on the obstacles and strategies to prevent pediatric mistakes for EMS providers during pediatric encounters.

The Center’s staff included various updates, current safety watches, data around adverse events, near misses, and unsafe conditions in the industry.  Lee Varner shared several key accomplishments in 2015 including a collaborative effort with Washington University School of Medicine and the National Registry of EMT’s on the development of a survey tool to measure safety culture. In early 2016, the Center will release a T-10 report featuring the top 10 areas of safety concern in EMS. The report will include resources and education to draw awareness.

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