It seems ironic that patients and first responders should suffer injuries en route to treatment

Posted by Luigi Fort, Senior Marketing Executive

‘It seems ironic that patients and first responders should suffer injuries en route to treatment.’

So says (the late) Robert L. Helmreich in the foreword to the new book, Safety and Quality in Medical Transport Systems. He continues:

‘I became aware of the pressure to take risks while transporting patients when I was asked by an organization concerned about its accident rate to analyze causal factors in MedEvac helicopter crashes. Analysis of accidents revealed contributing pressures, including the severity of injury and the youth of the patient as well as weather, night operations, and obstructions to flight.’

To counter such pressures it is essential to develop the right kind of culture within the organizations that provide this vital service. CAMTS (The Commission on Acccreditation of Medical Transport Systems) recognize this and have brought together this reference book to support such organizations in providing the necessary culture. This is an environment that supports risk assessment, accountability, professionalism and organizational dynamics.

Safety and Quality in Medical Transport SystemsSafety and Quality in Medical Transport Systems: Creating an Effective Culture is edited by John W. Overton, Jr. and Eileen Frazer, Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems, USA

Contributors: Ralph N. Rogers; K. Scott Griffith; Terry L. von Thaden; Clive Adams; Nadine Levick; Kimberly Turner; Bruce A. Tesmer; Robin Graham; Terry Palmer; Roger Coleman; Gregory H. Botz; John W. Crommett; Melissa M. Mallis; John W. Overton Jr; Laurie Shiparski; Philip D. Authier; Eileen Frazer; Donna York Clark; Kate Moore; David F.E. Stuhlmiller; Jacqueline Stocking; Jennifer Hardcastle; Sandra Kinkade Hutton; Patricia Corbett; Dawn M. Mancuso; Kenneth P. Neubauer; David P. Thomson.

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