Emergency medical services systems have broadly varied success rates implementing some sort of patient and provider safety review program. Creating this “Culture of Safety” is the focus of this episode of Innovations in Patient Care. Host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, interviews EMS 10 Award Winner Doctor Paul Paris, Chief Medical Officer at the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.
Dr. Paris received a grant from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) which has long worked towards improving safe patient care practices in the mainstream health care system. The grant focused that attention on improving the same aspects of EMS patient care. In its first year, more than 20 fellows were accepted into the program and have participated in cutting-edge quality improvement and safety training exercises. The lessons have introduced the Fellows to patient safety initiatives that have been successful at improving hospital patient care and allowed the fellows to translate those tools for use in their own EMS agencies.
The EMS 10 Awards, sponsored by JEMS magazine (JEMS.com) and Physio-Control awards the unsung heroes in emergency medical services systems throughout the country. Recognizing those who have developed new ways to improve patient care, response, and systems, the EMS 10 award winners are nominated by their colleagues and peers and then a committee of industry leaders reviews the nominations and chooses the 10 most deserving innovators.
The Innovations in Patient Care podcast is hosted by Jamie Davis, RN, NREMTP, BA, AAS aka “the Podmedic.” The programs are produced by MedicCast Productions, LLC under a sponsorship agreement with Physio-Control, Inc. More programs covering medical and health topics can be found on the ProMed Network (ProMedNetwork.com) where there are over 45 programs like this one covering all areas of health care.