EMS Culture of Safety

I. Content

a. “The enduring value and priority placed on worker and public safety by everyone in every group at every level of an organization. It refers to the extent to which individuals and groups will commit to personal responsibility for safety; act to preserve, enhance and communicate safety concerns; strive to actively learn, adapt and modify (both individual and organizational) behavior based on lessons learned from mistakes; and be rewarded in a manner consistent with these values.”

II. Identify and explain the six core elements necessary to advance an EMS Culture of Safety as described in the 2013 Strategy for a National EMS Culture of Safety

a. Just Culture

i. Development of environments in which EMS personnel are safe to report errors

1. Focus on the various factors that contributed to the error

ii. Assess risks in order to identify means of overcoming factors that contribute to errors

1. Systems factors and individual factors are examined in order to make improvements to avoid future errors

iii. Blaming or punishing is not an option in a Just Culture

b. Coordinated support and resources

i. Creation of a guidance and resource coordination body

1. e.g., EMS Safety Resource Center (EMSSRC)

a. Purpose is to determine the best way to effectively serve EMS in the support role

b. Partner with governing bodies to serve as a conduit of information and resources for EMS Safety

c. No oversight or authority

d. Suggested support areas:

i. Outreach and Resources for EMS and other stakeholders

ii. Resources for Public Outreach

iii. Measuring Progress and Success

c. EMS Safety Data System

i. Data driven decisions and policies related to EMS safety can only be made if all data is accessible on a national level.

ii. A robust, secure system would allow access to researchers, decision makers, and national stakeholder groups.

iii. Data sets have been identified; data will be analyzed and used to inform future plans, initiatives, processes, and policies in order to protect the health and well-being of EMS personnel, their patients, and the general public

 

Content Creator: Carli Wymore

CAPCE Course Number: 18-EMTP-F3-4314

Total CE Hours: 0.5

Level: Basic

EMT-CE uses the NEMSES guidelines as the foundation for every course outline.