MEMSA EMS Expo & Conference

Don’t miss Dr. Scott Shappell presenting…

  • Fatigue Management
  • Managing Human Error in Complex Systems

It’s not too late to register for the MEMSA EMS Expo & Conference!   Can’t come for the entire conference, that’s okay, come one or two days but don’t miss out…

The conference planners have successfully found leaders in their field to share details about what’s new and happening in EMS.   Join over 35 vendors to see the latest and   greatest in equipment, technology and services.

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.


Insight and advice for EMS drug shortages

StarlifeWebAs EMS faces the challenge of drug shortages we are all looking for safe options and alternatives.   Read this article from written by Art Hsieh who offers insight and ideas that might help you.

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!

Checklists for Safety

Many of us use a grocery list when we go shopping but did you ever wonder where the concept of a checklist came from?   Some think it came from the aviation industry and the requirement for pilots to utilize them for consistency as well as safety.   Checklists are just as critical in healthcare, including EMS.   Read this article from JEMS as it shares the concept with an EMS flair.

Why not start your own checklist?   Start with something simple and see if it works. Not sure where to start?   Have you ever left behind a piece of equipment at the scene or a hospital?   Try this mnemonic – M O S C.   It stands for Monitor; Oxygen; Stretcher; and Computer.   Make a label or write it on a piece of tape and stick to the dash or somewhere in the cab where you can see it.   This way you will have a quick reminder before you leave and can do an inventory before you return to service.   Try it out and let us know if it works.   If you have other ideas, please share them with us!

EMS is Making House Calls

Remember when the doctor made house calls? In many places around the country EMS is expanding its role to fill the gaps and niches in healthcare.   The Center for Patient Safety is watching this closely as we look for an opportunity to support the efforts of our EMS partners.   Take a moment to read more.

CPS welcomes Lee Varner as new EMS Project Manager

The Center is excited and proud to announce Lee Varner as our new EMS Project Manager as of May 21!   Lee joins the Center, most recently working with Mercy St. Louis as the EMS Outreach Coordinator where he has been working on a multitude of projects, including the development and implementation of “EMSource” a Mercy smart device application for EMS agencies to quickly access protocols and other useful information.   Lee is a licensed paramedic with over 20 years of field experience, and also  serves on the Missouri State Clinical Conference Board and the St. Louis County EMS and Hospital Communications Commission. Lee will be heading up all of the Center’s work related to emergency medical services safety culture and PSO activities.   Please join us in welcoming Lee!

Air Evac Lifeteam selects CPS for PSO services

The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) has landed its first national contract from Air Evac Lifeteam, a subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings, announced Becky Miller, executive director, CPS.  Air Evac Lifeteam, an air ambulance company, currently has 115 bases in 15 states.  The three-year participation agreement was executed on April 1, 2014.”By participating with CPS, Air Evac is clearly indicating its commitment to improving patient safety and quality in pre-hospital care,” Miller said. “PSO participation affords the benefit of protected sharing and learning with other EMS providers, and regional collaboration with many other healthcare providers. We are thrilled to be working with them.”

Additionally, Air Evac will participate in the Center’s EMS PSO Advisory Committee, as well as the Data Development Committee for valuable input and expertise as the Center continues to modify and expand the EMS database.

“We are very excited and honored to have additional air medical expertise to contribute to our work with EMS,” said Carol Hafley, assistant director for CPS and director of the EMS business line. “They provide a very broad-based view of patient safety issues in the air medical industry with their national presence.”


New Tool In Development to Help EMS Spot Sepsis

A team of physicians and other researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are hoping to be the winners of the 2014 Pitt Innovation Challenge award for their proposed “Sepsis Tool Innovator” to help EMS care providers and patients recognize the signs and symptoms of sepsis, bringing early intervention to patients even sooner.   For each hour of delay in the care of sepsis, the risk of death increases by 7%.   View the video and vote on your favorite innovation!

Webinar Series for the American Ambulance Association

The Center for Patient Safety is proud to have been invited by the American Ambulance Association to present a three-part series on “Connecting the Dots – What a Culture of Safety and Patient Safety Organizations Mean to Quality and Safety Improvements in EMS”.   Our first session was Thursday, October 3, but there is still time to register for the October 10 and 17 sessions – don’t miss out!


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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