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 Hosting Safe Table Discussions with PSO Participants

This Summer, the Center for Patient Safety (CPS) is hosting regional meetings for healthcare providers that have a current PSO agreement with CPS.   It’s a rewarding afternoon that focuses on patient safety and promotes networking with peers through Safe Tables.

What is a “Safe Table”?   It’s a members-only shared learning meeting among healthcare providers to network and exchange patient safety experiences and best practices in an open, uninhibited and legally protected environment.   The venue allows participants to share de-identified adverse events with other hospitals, gain input and support and learn from their own mistakes as well as the mistakes of others.   Ultimately, the end result is safer care for patients in all the participants’ hospitals.

Registration information will be delivered directly to CPS PSO participants.

If you have questions or are interested in joining the Center’s PSO, please contact any member of our PSO team or call 888.935.8272.

  • Becky Miller, MHA, CPHQ, FACHE, CPPS, Executive Director, [email protected]
  • Eunice Halverson, MA, Patient Safety Specialist, [email protected]
  • Kathy Wire, JD, MBA, CPHRM, Project Manager, [email protected]
  • Alex Christgen, BSBA, Project/Operations Manager and Analyst, [email protected]
  • Lee Varner, BS EMS, EMT-P, Project Manager, EMS Services, [email protected]
  • Michael Handler, MD, MMM, FACPE, Medical Director
  • Amy Vogelsmeier, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, Contractor

PSO "Safe Tables" Result in Fall Prevention Interventions

The Missouri Center for Patient Safety now offers “Safe Tables” for its Patient Safety Organization (PSO) members.   What is a “Safe Table”?   It’s a members-only shared learning meeting among health care providers to network and exchange patient safety experiences and best practices in an open, uninhibited and legally protected environment.   The venue allows participants to share de-identified adverse events with other hospitals, gain input and support and learn from their own mistakes as well as the mistakes of others.   Ultimately, the end result is safer care for patients in all the participants’ hospitals.   View Fall Prevention Interventions developed at the Safe Table held in April 2012.

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