Patient Safety Blog

Are Paramedics Ignoring Hand Hygiene?

“Many paramedics ignore hand hygiene rules, study finds”

The #1 Topic They Didn’t Teach You in Paramedic School: Culture

I have been working with the Center for Patient Safety (CPS) for about four months, and I’m learning something new every day.  As a Paramedic, patient safety has always been a high priority, but I didn’t know how an organization’s culture could impact the delivery of care.

ISMP Update on Top Medication Safety Issues from 2018 - Webinar

Medication mistakes are one of the most common errors reported to the Center’s PSO.  ISMP is offering a free webinar on November 15 at noon Central Time to discuss the top medication safety issues as well as strategies to minimize risk.  They will also discuss how drug shortages contribute to errors and strategies to mitigate risk.  Register here and please share with others at your organization.

Recognizing Fall Prevention Week

Fall Prevention Awareness Week started Saturday, September 22 and runs until Friday, September 28. Stopfalls.org has excellent resources and tools to support ongoing efforts including flyers, posters, fact sheets and videos. A fall can result in injury, trauma and even death. Sometimes the fall isn't even the scariest part and it is the post-fall events of surgery, immobility and potentially[...]

Healthcare Forward Report: Patient and Provider Safety

The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) is excited about our new report being released this week: Healthcare Forward. While CPS began in 2005 with a focus on patient safety efforts in hospitals, our services have since expanded across the continuum of care and the new report highlights safety issues observed, not just in hospitals, but in all areas of healthcare. CPS works tirelessly to reduce[...]

Deadly Deliveries Report

Missouri Board of Pharmacy Regional Meeting

It was an honor to be the key note speaker for the southwestern regional Board of Pharmacy yesterday in Springfield. About 80 professionals enthusiastically learned how they can personally improve patient safety culture whether their setting is retail or hospital based. We discussed the importance of leaders "walking the walk and talking the talk” as actions speak louder than words, and then they[...]

EMS Patient Safety Coordinator, Shelby Cox

The Center for Patient Safety is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Shelby Cox to the new EMS Patient Safety Coordinator position.  Shelby brings many years of EMS experience and a strong passion for improving patient care.  Please join us in welcoming Shelby to the CPS team.

Safety Culture Assessment Tool for Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

The Center is pleased to announce the availability of a culture assessment for EMS. The psychometric analysis was selected for publication in the Journal of Patient Safety in June 2018. The final tool consists of a set of 37 questions that cover 11 patient safety culture domains, aligning closely with the pre-existing domains in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Surveys on Patient[...]

EMS Forward

EMSFORWARD is an ongoing campaign to drive awareness, conversation and action to improve patient safety. EMSFORWARD 360 is a supplemental campaign that amplifies the voices of the leaders and staff. The campaign is based on the 360 booklet which provides a deeper understanding and guide patient safety culture. Take a minute and download your free copy today.