EMS Compass Initiative releases first set of performance measures

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The EMS Compass Initiative announced the first set of performance measures as part of a project update to Pinnacle EMS Leadership forum attendees. EMS performance measures show how well an agency is doing, in terms of clinical care, operations and finances.  

The EMS Compass Initiative is developing accepted performance measures which are proven to be relevant and important for EMS systems. For example the measure “Stroke ID to Notification” is an important measure because early pre-notification by EMS reduces facilitie’s door to needle times. The measure, which is the division of a numerator – time from stroke scale to notification – divided by a denominator – suspected stroke patients transported by EMS – calculates a performance score.

“It is increasingly important to have a set of tools to measure what we do to make sure we do the right things effectively, safely and efficiently.” —Dr. Bob Bass, former director of the Maryland Institute for EMS Systems and EMS Compass steering committee chair. Read more