Aroostook Region V EMS

111 High Street, Suite 1

Caribou ME 04736

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Our Regional QA/I meeting on Friday, March 27, 2020 has been cancelled.  We will let you know when we schedule the next meeting.  The minutes from the December 13, 2019 meeting are posted.

QA/I

(Quality Assurance and Improvement)

Overview
As part of the Maine EMS Statewide Quality Assurance and Improvement (QA/I) program, we have established a regional QA/I committee for the purpose of facilitating communication between hospitals and EMS services, disseminating QA/I program related education and training, and coordinating QA/I audits and studies. Our regional QA/I committee will be comprised of, but not limited to, the following:

-  ED medical directors from the four regional hospitals (NMMC, Cary Medical Center, Northern Light A.R. Gould, Houlton Regional Hospital) or their designees.

-  ED Nurse Managers from each of the four regional hospitals or their designees.

 - A representative of the QA/I committee of each ambulance service in the region.

-  A representative of the QA/I committee of each First Responder Service that lists an ambulance service from #3 above as their transporting agency.

-Region V Coordinator

Region V Administrative/Fiscal Assistant

-Region V Medical Director

Role of the Regional QA/I Committee

The committee will meet monthly then possibly quarterly. EMS Services will be required to send at least one member of their service QA/I committee to 75% of the scheduled quarterly meetings. The agenda for the meetings will be left to the Regional Committee, but every effort should be made to include the following content: • Review of regional and statewide QA/I Audits.

• Presentation of education that is developed as part of QA/I efforts.

• Updates on regional and state QA/I committee activity.

• Communication between EMS services and the hospitals regarding operational issues.

• Local case reviews including, but not limited to any unanticipated event resulting in death or serious physical or psychological injury to a patient or patients, not related to the natural course of the patient's illness

Continuing Education credits will be available for these meetings. The sub-regional QA/I committee will also designate a representative to the regional QA/I committee.

 Mandatory Participation

Services will be required to send a representative from their service QA/I committee to at least 75% of the scheduled quarterly meetings. Attendance will be taken at each meeting, and services that are not in compliance will receive a letter from the Regional Medical Director reminding them that participation in the regional QA/I committee is a condition of licensure and that further non-compliance will result in referral the Maine EMS investigation Committee.