Nov. 1—PatientCare EMS, the 911 ambulance transport service for Sioux Falls, has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) for the second time. The accreditation recognizes that PatientCare EMS meets or exceeds these nationally-accepted high standards for patient care in the ambulance industry.
CAAS is an independent commission that established a comprehensive series of standards for the ambulance service industry. These standards, “the Gold Standards,” often exceed state or local regulations putting a focus on all aspects of ambulance operations. They are designed to increase operational efficiency and clinical quality while decreasing risk and liability to organizations helping to ensure superior patient care.
“We continue to be the only emergency medical services provider in South Dakota to hold this accreditation,” said Michael Bureau, chief operating officer for PatientCare EMS. “Our team works hard to operate at a high level and provide the best in care to the patients in Sioux Falls. We’re honored that the Commission has again recognized our commitment to service excellence.”
Re-accreditation by CAAS is required every 3 years and consists of a comprehensive self-assessment, application and on-site evaluation by industry experts who verify compliance in clinical standards, operations and risk management, communications, equipment, facilities as well as community relations and disaster management coordination. PatientCare EMS received a perfect score on the evaluation.
In addition to CAAS accreditation, PatientCare EMS Sioux Falls recently received the American Heart Association’s Mission Lifeline Gold Plus award for excellence in STEMI (heart attack) care.
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