An Innovative Application of Checklists to Ensure Safety

  • February 14, 2020 from 12:00-1:00 pm
  • In-person: Main, Conference Room 1100
  • On-line: Watch live at
  • Or join meeting ID 361095905 on the BlueJeans app on your smartphone or tablet

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP.

For more than 40 years, industry journals described workplace violence in emergency medical systems. The SAVER Systems-level Checklist took what these industry journals have been saying for decades – that violent events to first responders can be mitigated – and created a checklist for the system, instead of a checklist which would put more burden on already overstretched EMS responders.

The SAVER Systems-level Checklist is an innovative application of traditional checklists designed to shift the onus of safety and health from the individual first responder to the organization. The checklist contains items organized by six phases of EMS response: pre-event, traveling to the scene, scene arrival, patient care, assessing readiness to return to service, and post-event. These items are focused on actions that leadership can institute through training, policy, and environmental modifications.

Today’s seminar will begin the conversation as to how bricks and mortar healthcare systems, can visualize safety to healthcare personnel by learning from innovation in another industry – the fire and rescue service.

Key Learning Objectives

  1. Learn application of checklist intervention at the organizational level
  2. Understand the use of industrial literature when developing solutions
  3. Identify policy and training opportunities in healthcare
  4. Learn how to move healthcare from reactionary to preventative safety culture
  5. Inspire the development of policies and programs on violence in healthcare

Meet the Speaker

Dr. Taylor has been trained in the field of injury prevention and control, and uses its principles to address safety issues in healthcare and first responder industries.

Within healthcare organizations, she investigates safety and quality issues in both patient and provider populations. Her research focuses on system design for patient safety surveillance and the association between organizational culture and injuries to patients and nurses.

In an effort to comprehensively study patient safety, Dr. Taylor’s research unites evidence from the fields of injury prevention and control, quality improvement, and occupational safety. She employs an integrated public health approach to these issues through the study of patients, healthcare workers, and the policy environment. As an epidemiologist, she asks, “Do the associations between organizational climate and nurse injury extend to patients?” As a policy analyst, she asks, “What non-punitive policy alternatives to quality improvement might be possible to address growing patient and provider patient safety concerns?” As an injury professional, she asks, “How will the United States conduct the surveillance of patient safety events so we can assure the public of accurate statistics?”

For first responders, Dr. Taylor applies her surveillance and safety climate expertise to the U.S. fire and rescue service, investigating the relationship between safety culture and injury risk. This has been a natural extension of her patient safety work as many of the factors that impact medical care are found in the fire service. She served as the consultant epidemiologist to the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) National Near-Miss Reporting System from 2007-2011, a fascinating system through which firefighters report hazards they observe in their environment.

Dr. Taylor’s recent grant awards include (3) FEMA Assistance to Firefighter grants to develop model firefighter nonfatal injury surveillance systems and a survey to assess safety climate and its relationship with firefighter injury.  She completed a NIOSH RO3 grant to apply machine learning algorithms to narrative text data from the IAFC Near-Miss system. Prior to her academic appointment, Dr. Taylor served 15 years in state government, hospital quality management, and the basic sciences. She welcomes queries from, and extends mentoring to, students who are considering careers in these environments. Past positions include: the Chief of Health Statistics and Data Management for the State of New Hampshire, and Project Director of the CDC-funded program to establish emergency department data systems for injury surveillance at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

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