Patient Safety Blog

National Fire Prevention Week perfect time to learn ways to stop surgical fires

The Center for Patient Safety joins The Joint Commission in recognizing National Fire Prevention Week. Unfortunately, surgical fires continue to occur.  Recent reports to the Center’s PSO include:

Emergency Medical Services Agenda 2050. How do see the future of EMS?

The EMS Agenda 2050 “Envision the Future” Straw Man document has been released to the public for comments to guide the future direction of EMS.  The document is a comprehensive and robust body of work with a wide range of topics, all of which are important to the EMS profession.

CPS Safety Watch/Alert - Medication Shortages

Medication Shortages: Adversely affect drug therapy Can cause complications in medical procedures Contribute to medication errors Create frustration for providers & patients ACTIONABLE ITEMS TO MITIGATE RISK Validate details of shortage & check with suppliers Determine stock on hand Determine purchase history & true use Estimate time until shortage impacts agency & length of shortage Identify[...]

Using Culture in Your Organization

This article is an excellent read!  Patient safety culture and patient safety are the buzzwords these days, but what are some actions to help you improve your patient safety culture?

Administering a Culture Survey

IF IT'S EASY, YOUR PROBABLY NOT DOING IT RIGHT.

Diagnostic Error

By Michael Handler, MD, MMM, FAAPL CPS Medical Director

SUMMER 2017 NEWSLETTER RELEASED

The Center for Patient Safety has released the Summer Newsletter.  We’re certain you’ll find something of interest related to patient safety at your organization!  Download the full newsletter to read more on the PSO legal environment, upcoming events, best practices, and much more!  CPSNews – a publication for providers across the continuum of care – Download.

Do you have an EMS Patient Safety Plan?

While we have all heard the old saying, “do you plan to fail or fail to plan,” this short statement has likely influenced many people to re-evaluate a current process or situation in their life.  The specialty area of preventable harm or patient safety is gaining strong momentum in Emergency Medical Services, which has relied on another common old saying “do no harm”.   While the desire to do no[...]

Patient Safety Resources

Are you frustrated because others in your organization don’t seem to have the same passion or urgency to improve patient safety?  Limited resources and increasing financial pressures are driving the focus on patient safety down on the list of priorities.  It’s difficult to build a business case to support the importance of constantly improving patient safety.  Now there’s help!  The Institute for[...]

Press Release: EMS Medical Advisor

CENTER FOR PATIENT SAFETY WELCOMES EMS MEDICAL ADVISOR