Center for Patient Safety Welcomes EMS Medical Advisor

Center for Patient Safety

“Dr. Froelke’s experience, coupled with his desire to improve EMS patient safety, will add an exciting level of expertise to the CPS team.” -Lee Varner, CPS’ Patient Safety Director

The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) announced that Brian Froelke, M.D., an emergency medicine physician at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named the center’s first Emergency Medical Services Medical Advisor. CPS is a national organization, based in Missouri, dedicated to promoting healthcare safety through a reduction in medical errors.

For more than 10 years, CPS has worked to improve safety for both patients and healthcare providers by fostering a culture that encourages healthcare workers to quickly report medical errors so they can be quickly addressed and prevented in the future. CPS was also one of the first organizations in the nation to be certified as a Patient Safety Organization (PSO), which offers federal confidentiality protections to healthcare workers for reporting medical errors. Additionally, CPS was the first in the nation to provide EMS PSO services, including sharing and learning opportunities with EMS providers based, in part, on the collection of data on adverse events.

“Onboarding an EMS Medical Advisor is a logical next step, and Dr. Froelke is an obvious first choice for this position. He has long been involved with CPS and is a recognized EMS leader with a passion for patient safety,” said Alex Christgen, Executive Director of CPS. “We are delighted that he is joining CPS in a voluntary role as Medical Advisor to our EMS services.”

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