Honesty is the best policy. It's a phrase many have heard and many obey in order to learn and do a good job in the future. The Missouri Center for Patient Safety (MOCPS) is following that policy with a new program funded with a $595,165 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health to improve ambulance services.
This grant "will fund efforts by participating emergency medical service agencies to report quality of care information and adverse medical events -- such as mistakes made during emergency care that could result in patient injury -- to the center," according to MOCPS.
"Over time, the center will build a database of quality and safety information which ultimately will help Missouri medical professionals identify patterns and systematically improve quality and reduce errors," says MOCPS. "(We) will work very closely with the Missouri Ambulance Association to promote the project among Missouri's ambulance services."
The ambulance program will be funded until September 2012. "Currently in the planning stages, the program is geared toward both collecting information about medical errors and changing the overall culture in Missouri's ambulance community to one that encourages reporting such errors," according to MOCPS.
"The foundation's grant does more than simply help us gather data," Rebecca Miller, executive director of MOCPS, said. "The grant will ultimately pave the way toward safer ambulance services for Missouri and serve as a model for the rest of the country."
"The Missouri Ambulance Association is thrilled with the support provided by the Missouri Foundation for Health to fund the initiation of this ground-breaking program," Mark Alexander, MAA board member, said. "Missouri is the first state in the nation to seek this linkage between a federally-listed patient safety organization and the EMS community. The EMS services around the state are very excited with this idea."