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January 31, 2017

Officials launch campaign aimed at increasing patient safety awareness

By Center for Patient Safety

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The campaign from the Center for Patient Safety highlights the 10 safety topics that will move “EMS Forward” in 2017. The EMS safety campaign was launched Jan. 23 in conjunction with the annual National Association of EMS Physicians conference in New Orleans.

"Patient safety rests with the attitudes, beliefs and perceptions of everyone across the health care continuum," Lee Varner, Patient Safety Director for EMS services at CPS, said. “This year’s campaign is about making the culture connection and identifying the importance of organizational culture when it comes to safety.”

The 10 patient and provider safety topics are projected to be of greatest concern in EMS in 2017 and include areas such as bariatrics, pediatrics and airway management. The campaign is not an all-inclusive list of safety concerns, but rather a mechanism to drive awareness, support open dialogue and promote improvement activities.

Each topic is delivered in a real-life scenario and concludes with a question to encourage deeper reflection on the reader’s own organizational culture. As the campaign unfolds throughout the year, CPS will provide support and resources about the topics.

“The EMS community is largely committed to improving safety, and CPS is positioned to support them,” Alex Christgen, CPS Executive Director, said. “The EMS Forward campaign is one way to focus our combined efforts. Together, we’ll make an impact in a new and profound way.”

In collaboration with its EMS PSO participants, CPS developed a data system specifically for capturing the details of medical errors that occur in EMS care environments. The data from the PSO provides supporting evidence for the topic selections in the report.


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