A human factors analysis of an EMS crew's exposure to carbon monoxide.
The safety of personnel and resources is considered to be a cornerstone of prehospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operations and practice. However, barriers exist that limit the comprehensive reporting of EMS safety data. To overcome these barriers, many high risk industries utilize a technique called Human Factors Analysis (HFA) as a means of error reduction. The goal of this approach is to analyze processes for the purposes of making an environment safer for patients and providers. This report describes an application of this approach to safety incident analysis following a situation during which a paramedic ambulance crew was exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
SourcePrehospital and disaster medicine 27:3 2012 Jun pg 297-8
MeSHCarbon Monoxide Poisoning
Emergency Medical Technicians
Pub Type(s)Journal Article