How can we better understand and begin to formally address patient safety issues in EMS?
In 2008, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute partnered with the EMS Chiefs of Canada (EMSCC) and the Calgary EMS Foundation to fund research exploring patient safety in EMS.
Through a competitive process, a research team from the University of Toronto was commissioned to develop the report Patient Safety in Emergency Medical Services: Advancing and Aligning the Culture of Patient Safety in EMS.
Together with a Canadian advisory group, experts and stakeholders from across Canada and internationally contributed information and expertise throughout the research process.
The findings highlight the important challenges and opportunities for improving patient safety in EMS and show us that collaboration across Canada is required to better define and understand patient safety incidents in EMS.