In an effort to address new laws that tie patient safety to healthcare payments, the Center for Patient Safety (CPS) has developed the EMS Patient Safety Leadership Program, which will launch its first event on April 24 in Uncasville, Conn.
CPS is among the national leaders working with EMS agencies and hospitals to improve patient safety across all levels of health services and care. The organization is collaborating with Laerdal Medical to achieve that mission. The April 24 event will be in conjunction with the Laerdal SUN (Simulation User Network) training conference at the Mohegan Sun event center in Uncasville.
The pre-conference EMS Patient Safety Leadership workshop is designed for leaders who want to learn practical steps and solutions to reduce preventable patient harm.
“EMS is a high-consequence industry and it requires an organization’s leadership to be actively involved in a proactive manner,” said Lee Varner, director of patient safety at Columbia, Mo.-based CPS. “Recent industry conversation about new payment or reimbursement models has many EMS leaders wanting to measure and improve patient safety at their agency.”
Varner said workshop participants will learn how to interpret safety culture data and take steps for improvement. He said simulation training will also help leaders discover how to remove barriers to developing a strong patient safety culture that gives EMS and healthcare staff the ability to identify and learn from medical errors.
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