Richmond Ambulance Authority Awarded Reaccreditation from CAAS

Richmond Ambulance Authority Awarded Reaccreditation from CAAS

News Feb 13, 2018

Feb. 14, 2018—The Richmond Ambulance Authority has been awarded reaccreditation by CAAS, the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services, which was established to encourage and promote quality patient care in our country's medical transportation systems. Based initially on the efforts of the American Ambulance Association, the independent Commission established a comprehensive series of standards for the ambulance service industry.

RAA was awarded reaccreditation for three years; the maximum extension allowed by CAAS, which included completion of a comprehensive application and onsite review by national experts in emergency medical services. “The CAAS reaccreditation validates the hard work and dedication of our staff who strive for excellence in the delivery of world-class EMS every day,” said CEO Chip Decker.

The primary focus of the Commission’s standards is high-quality patient care. This is accomplished by establishing national standards which not only address the delivery of patient care, but also the ambulance service’s total operation and its relationship with other agencies, the general public, and the medical community.

Accreditation signifies that RAA has met the "gold standard" determined by the ambulance industry to be essential as a modern, emergency medical services provider. These standards often exceed those established by state or local regulations. The CAAS standards are designed to help increase operational efficiency and decrease risk and liability across the entire spectrum of the organization.

RAA is one of only two agencies accredited in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is one of only 27 EMS agencies in the United States accredited by both CAAS and the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch.

If you don't desire to influence change in EMS care, then you're an ambulance driver, challenged Maj. Andrew D. Fisher, EMT-P, MPAS, PA-C, during a provocative call to action.
The new Baron eBook details best severe weather procedures for emergency management personnel and public safety officials.
Record flooding in Goshen left residences surrounded, closed main roads, and created a traffic mess.
The Community CaraMedic Program in Asheville, N.C. is the first in the country to have every staff member board-certified in community paramedicine.
A leaking pizza oven forced the building's first seven floors to be cleared; two people had minor injuries.
Evan Travers earned a Life-Saving Award from Learning for Life, which oversees the Fire Explorer program.
That was the total spent in South Carolina in 2016 on overdose admissions and ED visits.
Their bill would deny contracts and tax breaks to insurers who deny claims for nonemergency visits.

Capt. Skyler Phillips, EMT-P, of the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Fire Department, presented a session with personal meaning during the EMS Today conference Feb. 22 in Charlotte, N.C.

Peder Hulen-Ahearn holds a master's degree in Public Safety Leadership and Administration and has worked for Ada County Paramedics since 2001.
ZOLL intends to award medical education grants annually to up to 12 qualifying EMTs who demonstrate a career commitment to the profession.
During his time with the company, Shore has focused on modernization of the agency and creating opportunities for the younger generation in EMS.
Nikolas Cruz posed a dilemma: You can't just kick children out of school because you're afraid of them.
A lawsuit seeks to force continuation of a service the health system says it can't afford.
The agency reported 28 people have been infected with salmonella in 20 states, with 11 hospitalized.