CPS attends Air Medical Transport Conference in Nashville

The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) recently exhibited at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Nashville, Tennessee.  This exciting opportunity allowed us to meet with industry leaders, experts, and providers in air medical services. The conference brought a wide group of these attendees to the exhibit hall with  new and innovative equipment and technology. CPS enjoyed sharing information about our services with air and ground EMS during breaks.

Many people were not familiar with the services available from a Patient Safety Organization (PSO), like the Center for Patient Safety.   Many states do not have peer review protection for their quality and safety work, but, by participating with a PSO, federal protection is available for safety and quality work. A PSO offers a safe way to share adverse events, near misses, and unsafe conditions. We all learn in different ways, but we can agree learning by our mistakes can be costly. Working with a PSO offers the opportunity to report errors in a safe way so we can learn from each other to help prevent future events.

Many of the programs and sessions at the conference addressed culture issues. Just Culture reshapes our understanding of accountability, the role of the system, and the role of human behavior. This allows us to distinguish human behaviors and develop a consistent way to establish a safe environment by managing the system and behavior. As we shift the way we think, act, and react, we are beginning to change the culture in EMS.   Just Culture is not a one day event; it’s the starting point for an organization’s journey as they shape their future course.

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2014 EMS Patient Safety Conference – Registration Available!

Logo2The Center is pleased to announce the date of our upcoming annual EMS Patient Safety Conference, scheduled for November 12, 2014.   This conference is expected to be bigger and better than previous years, bringing national EMS experts together to share strategies to improve patient safety, highlight successful practices and provide broad networking opportunities to share successes and challenges. 7 CEUs available for attendees.

We invite you to register to attend or visit our conference page for more information!

Conference highlights include:

  • David Williams, Institute for Healthcare Improvement Faculty will present Plan-Do-Study-Act
  • Tom Judge, Executive Director at Lifeflight of Maine will present Safety Culture and Management of risk
  • Michael Bachman from Wake County EMS in Raleigh, NC will present the Coordination of Patient Safety in Mobile Integrated Healthcare
  • And much more!

Limited sponsor/vendor opportunities are still available – Sign up today!

Center releases Summer edition of PSO Newsletter

The latest PSONews-Summer Edition includes:

  • PSO data summary
  • EMS PSO & LTC PSO Updates
  • Legal Environment Updates
  • Good Catch
  • And much more!

Ask the Lawyer: EMS PSO and the Law

WEBINAR!

Date: October 1, 2014
Time: 11:30-12:30 Central
Cost: FREE
Suggested Attendees: EMS Leadership including Board Members and legal representatives

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Please join us for a special webinar featuring Kathy Wire, JD, MBA, CPHRM, Center for Patient Safety (CPS) attorney, on October 1, 2014. This event is an opportunity to learn more about CPS and how your agency can benefit from participation in a Patient Safety Organization (PSO).

Did you know there is little to no legal protection for peer review or safety and quality improvement work in EMS?   The CPS is a Federal listed PSO that offers you and your service protection for this important work.

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Norway uses smaller ambulances with big focus on safety

ambulance design3Ever wondered what an ambulance from another country might look like?   Ronald Rolfsen from Oslo University Hospital recently spoke about Ambulance Safety and Design at the Kansas EMS Conference.   In Norway, there is a tradition to use smaller ambulances compared to USA. The ambulances are designed with a focus on automobile safety, occupant safety, ergonomics, and user friendliness. At the head of the stretcher is a seat where the airway of the patient would be managed. If you look closely you will see that equipment and necessary tools are within reach. Rolfsen says it’s important to set design standards so crews can take care of the patient and remain secure with seat-belts. The pictures are from Oslo ambulance services new intensive care ambulance.   Thank you for the great presentation at KEMSA, Ronald Rolfsen!

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CPS Safety Watch/Alert: EMS Stretchers

Safety WatchMultiple stretcher-related incidents have been reported to the Center’s Patient Safety Organization.   The areas of concern are from real events.

Released 08.11.2014.

Strategy for a National EMS Culture of Safety

Almost a year later – have you read it yet?

It’s been almost a year since once of the most important safety and culture documents has been released. The Center for Patient Safety encourages you to read the Strategy for a National EMS Culture of Safety and support discussion with your peers.

An EMS PSO Call to Action

We are fortunate in Missouri to have the opportunity to work with an EMS Patient Safety Organization (PSO). As you know, the Center, as a PSO is collecting data you have indicated to be important to you, including ambulance crashes.

Please take a moment to read an interesting and concerning article about ambulance crashes in JEMS online.   The article concludes with an opportunity to share events and find ways to improve our industry, however, the authors do not mention the opportunity to do just that, through a Patient Safety Organization (PSO).

CALL TO ACTION: When you finish reading the article, please consider taking a moment to post a comment supporting the importance of the PSO to EMS.

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Center Releases EMS-PSONews, Spring Edition

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EMS PSONews… a compilation of PSO topics specific to EMS

The latest EMS PSONews-Spring Edition includes articles and PSO information specific to EMS:

  • learning and sharing: defibrillation vs synchronized cardioversion
  • updates on EMS PSO activity
  • a legal update on Patient Safety Organization (PSO) protections,
  • highlights from the annual Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality meeting,
  • and much more!

Center releases Spring edition of PSO Newsletter

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The latest PSONews-Spring Edition includes:

  • a legal update on Patient Safety Organization (PSO) protections,
  • highlights from the annual Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality meeting,
  • coverage of the CPS WhitePaper on PSOs & ACOs,
  • a shared story with positive results from a policy aimed at managing aggressive behavior in the hospital,
  • and much more!

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PSO Case Law: Ungurian v. Beyzman, et al., 2020 PA Super 105:

A recent Pennsylvania case shows how courts narrowly interpret the PSQIA, ignoring the D & A pathway and the clear language of the Final Rule. (Ungurian v. Beyzman, et al., 2020 PA Super 105). The cour

Joint Commission New Sentinel Event Alert 61: Managing the Risks of Direct Oral Anticoagulants:

The Center for Patient Safety wants to share this important harm-prevention advice from The Joint Commission and its Sentinel Event Alert: Managing the Risks of Direct Oral Anticoagulants. The Joint Commis

CPS Safety Watch/Alert – Culture Can Improve the Control of Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms:

Issue: A number of events reported co CPS’ Patient Safety Organization (PSO) demonstrate poor handoff communication about the patients’ infectious disease status Examples include: Patient with

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