Center for Patient Safety is ready to launch EMS Patient Safety Leadership Program

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The Center for Patient Safety has developed the EMS Patient Safety Leadership Program, which launches its first event April 24 in conjunction with Laerdal's Simulation User Network (SUN) training. EMS leaders must understand the growing connections between patient safety and new healthcare payment regulations.

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“Recent industry conversation about new payment or reimbursement models has many EMS leaders wanting to measure and improve patient safety at their agency.”

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.

About Center for Patient Safety:
The Center for Patient Safety is committed to improving safety for both patients and providers. A national not-for-profit organization, CPS serves both EMS and hospitals with a mission to reduce preventable harm. Its latest tool for EMS, a Safety Culture Assessment, provides agencies with an opportunity to benchmark and improve. Find the Center on Facebook and on Twitter @PtSafetyExpert. You can also follow us on LinkedIn.

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