Industry News

EMS LEADERS ON IMPROVING DRIVER BEHAVIOR AND AMBULANCE SAFETY
Mar 2017, EMS1 – Improving driving and passenger safety behavior is an immediate action for EMS leaders as safety innovations diffuse through new ambulance purchases.  To better understand the lack of change in purchasing behavior and improving ambulance safety, we asked members of the EMS1 advisory board to respond to three questions.

IT’S TIME TO GET REAL ABOUT SAFE AMBULANCES
Mar 2017, EMS1 – Imagine how ambulance design and safety can improve when motivation and the desire to do the right thing come together to drive change.  Within the confines of our rolling offices, it's easy to imagine that we are performing our jobs safely as well.  Sadly, we work in a ticking time bomb when it comes to our safety.

HOW NEW AMBULANCE DESIGNS PROMISE TO IMPROVE PATIENT AND PROVIDER SAFETY
Dec 2016, EMS1 - There are about 4,500 ambulance-involved collisions each year, and while most result in minor or no injuries, any of them have the potential to injure patients or providers. This issue of Paramedic Chief explores efforts to improve ambulance safety, shining a light both on technological advances and ways to improve driver behavior within your agency. 

INSIDE EMS PODCAST: HOW IMPORTANT IS DEVELOPING A CULTURE OFSAFETY IN EMS?
Nov 2016, EMS1 — In this Inside EMS Podcast episode, co-hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson discuss the importance of developing a culture of safety from the responsibility of the workforce to the responsibility of the organization. Join the discussion and sound off in the comments.

WHY EVERY EMS AGENCY NEEDS A STRONGER SAFETY CULTURE
Nov 2016, EMS1 — Health care organizations, EMS included, gradually develop their own unique culture, heritage and values which are passed on to new employees. Many EMS organizations find their culture is somewhere between a retributive style and an authoritarian type of culture. Because the typical result is the termination of the individual who committed the error, this has led to a tradition of not admitting mistakes.

A PROFOUND IMPACT: THE REST OF THE STORY
Oct 2016, EMS World — We helped identify any less-than-safe driving behaviors by installing driver alert and modification technologies from Road Safety and Geotab. These devices give real-time audio feedback about speed, braking and other factors. Our speed problem came under control almost overnight.

SAFETY SYSTEMS IMPACT THE COST OF EMS OPERATIONS (ROI STUDY)
Oct 2016, JEMS — In 2013, a study was undertaken to better understand how the real cost of investing in safety returned benefits to the investing companies. The study included evaluation of ROI for an ambulance company using surveillance cameras and ROI for an ambulance company using the combination of surveillance cameras and coaching technology.

AMBULANCE CRASH, OR A DATE WITH DESTINY?
Aug 2016, EMS World — It was April 2, 1993, when I clocked in for the back half of a 24-hour shift for a private ambulance company. Just a couple hours into the shift, we got a call for an attempted suicide. Our patient was a young girl who was a member of a suicide pact that involved several other minors, but our call was for the only one who actually went through with it.

ROSEKIND SAYS CHANGING BEHAVIORS MUST BE PART OF SAFETYEQUATION
Aug 2016, Automotive News — The auto industry has a tendency to lean heavily on technology solutions to improve safety; however, the administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says continually improving safety technology must go hand-in-hand with improving driver behavior to decrease traffic fatalities.

SAFETY PRACTICES MUST BE ENFORCED FOR EMS PROVIDERS
July 2016, JEMS — The National EMS Advisory Council has called for a “culture of safety” where safety is a fundamental and integral component of the work environment. This has led to national and state-specific safety operations guidelines detailing EMS practices, including the use of seatbelts in the patient care compartment (PCC), using carbon monoxide detectors to avoid entering hazardous environments, encouraging seat belt use, and limiting the use of mobile devices while driving or riding in the front compartment of an ambulance.

VAST MAJORITY OF US DRIVERS EXHIBIT AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR, NEWAAA STUDY CONCLUDES
July 2016, ABC News — Aggressive driving continues to be a serious threat to safety on the roadway and most U.S. drivers are engaging in such behavior, according to new research by the AAA Foundation.  The study, the purpose of which was to provide estimates of the prevalence of aggressive driving behaviors, found that 78 percent of respondents admitted to having engaged in at least one aggressive driving behavior in the last year. 

IT TAKES TWO
July 2016, Fleet Owner — As a fleet manager you may wonder where to focus your fuel-economy improvement efforts. Buying technology solutions or using your resources trying to change driver behavior?

UNDERSTANDING AMBULANCE SAFETY SPECS
May 2016, Firehouse — What is the price of safely protecting the most important part of any ambulance—the EMTs/paramedics and the patient? If the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) standard is any indication, it looks like we’re sacrificing the safety of our employees and patients for money.