Professor Niro Siriwardena will join Dave Williams and EMS leaders from the United States and abroad, conducting pioneering work in the field of prehospital quality improvement, for an Institute for Healthcare Improvement Web and Action on Improving Prehospital Emergency Care the spring (March and April 2015). The Web and Action will consist of five sessions over the next two months.
In Session One, Introduction to Improving Prehospital Emergency Care Systems (Thursday, March 5, 2015, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern Time), David Williams and Kedar Mate will introduce the agenda for the Web & Action Series, providing an overview of the history of ambulance service, the current state of the profession and improvement opportunities for prehospital care. Jerry Overton and Paul Gowens join Session Two, Early Identification of Deteriorating Patients (Thursday, March 19, 20, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET), introduce the concept of early identification, resource allocation, and intervention and present the use of a prehospital early warning score to identify prehospital patients who are deteriorating (e.g., sepsis) to expedite transport, intervention, and emergency department notification.
Prof Niro Siriwardena and Jonathan Studnek present key care pathways for improving core prehospital care processes and outcomes in Session Three, Key Care Pathways – Change Package and Measurement of Time Sensitive Conditions (Thursday, April 2, 2015, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET). They go on to discuss the development of a change package and measurement strategy in the NHS England Ambulance Trusts and profile case examples of improving care reliability in stroke and STEMI in the U.S. and U.K.
In Session Four, Prehospital Emergency Care Trigger Tool (Thursday, April 16, 2015, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET), Loua Al Shaikh introduces the concept of trigger tools and the application the prehospital care ecosystem. Finally, Mike Taigman and Brenda Staffan lead Session Five, Paramedic Care in the Community (Thursday, April 30, 2015, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET) where they define the emerging opportunity of utilising paramedics in the community through prevention, partnerships, intervention, and post discharge care.