2014 EMS Patient Safety Conference Success!

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”.

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CPS Safety Watch/Alert: Cricothyrotomy

Safety Watch
This Safety Watch is to advise you that having multiple different types of cricothyrotomy kits can lead to confusion during an airway emergency. We believe standardizing your equipment including cricothyrotomy kits within an organization or within a region would help to reduce the likelihood of an adverse event.

Cricothyrotomy also commonly called a “cric” is an emergent procedure for establishing an immediate airway.  The procedure can be performed several ways with various commercially prepared kits or with specialty prepared equipment. The skill requires the provider to access the cricothyroid membrane to establish an airway for oxygenation and ventilation.

Possible reasons for these events:

  • Access to different types of kits can lead to confusion during an airway emergency

Protecting, Improving and Preventing Errors in EMS

That was the message shared with EMS professionals at ESO Solutions WAVE 2014 Conference in Austin, Texas. EMS leaders learned about protecting an organization’s safety and quality work as well as how they can safely learn from each other to prevent future events from occurring. The presentation, PSO 101, explains the Patient Safety Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA) for EMS professionals. A Patient Safety Organization (PSO) is a new concept for many in EMS.   If you would like more information or to schedule a presentation, please visit www.emspso.org, contact the Center for Patient Safety at [email protected], or call 1.888.935.8272.

Center releases Fall 2014 EMS PSO Newsletter

Fall EMS 2014The latest newsletter from the Center for Patient Safety has been released. The Fall 2014 EMS PSONews contains information on the recently released PSO Safety Alert and EMS Safety Watch, articles on the legal environment to help maximize federal protections from the PSO, patient safety culture topics, and much more!   Download the newsletter or view on Issuu.

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!

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

Watch the recording

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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EMS Telemedicine is coming, are you interested?

Telemedicine is not new, in fact many hospitals have been using it for years to monitor or support other health facilities.   With the introduction of new technology as well as the mobility to support it, EMS Telemedicine is starting to grow.   Read more about the Alleghany pilot program.

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.

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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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