Safety Culture Assessment Tool for Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

July 20, 2018    |   By: Lee Varner, MS EMS, EMT-P, CPPS

The Center is pleased to announce the availability of a culture assessment for EMS. The psychometric analysis was selected for publication in the Journal of Patient Safety in June 2018. The final tool consists of a set of 37 questions that cover 11 patient safety culture domains, aligning closely with the pre-existing domains in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Surveys on Patient Safety™.

Developed in conjunction with the National Registry of EMTs, the safety culture assessment is designed specifically for EMS. The survey questions were tested extensively to ensure they are relevant and appropriate. The National Registry of EMTs surveyed its registrants and received more than 32,000 responses that contributed to the psychometric testing and validation.

CPS will host an informative webinar in August to discuss culture measurement and the value of the assessment. Free registration

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