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The South Denver EMS Quality Council was first presented On September 27, 2006 at Littleton Adventist Hospital.
The central theme to that first workshop and the group formation was to improve patient outcomes through an emphasis on quality improvement. The tool used in this first meeting was FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis) as it applies to the EMS realm. The main presenters for the workshop were area Medical Directors Drs. John Riccio and Gene Eby, and QA/QI/Research Coordinator Larry Gahagan, PhD, NREMT-P, CCEMT-P. Drs. Riccio and Eby led the discussions and highlighted the importance of strong people sharing good information to positively affect patient outcomes. Dr. Eby further illustrated the needs of our profession to demonstrate scientific information in studying outcomes. Human Factors Engineering (HFE) 101 was discussed by Larry Gahagan and the applied principles of FMEA were outlined before members were randomly placed into workgroups for small exercises. Each group had a facilitator from the PAH/LAH/PKR EMS team. Topics selected by the groups included refusals/AMA, restraints, and use of NIBPs.
Since those first days of Council meetings, many changes have occured and the group has grown to include members of most of the South Denver EMS agencies and departments and has become a scheduled monthly event taking place nine or ten months each year. The meeting is scheduled at Littleton Adventist Hospital on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 11am to 1pm. Information can be obtained by contacting Ryan Mayfield at 303-734-8735 or RSVP to Joane Skultety at 303-734-8649.
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