■ Chronicle News Service
American Medical Response (AMR) Riverside County passed its accreditation inspection on Feb. 27 by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS)—an independent accrediting agency that exists to encourage and promote the highest standards for medical transportation systems. The accreditation inspection occurs every three years.
CAAS, a nonprofit agency, was formed in 1990 to be a standard bearer for medical transportation systems.
Determined by the ambulance industry to be essential for a modern Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provider, accreditation signifies that ambulance services have met the “gold standard.”
The two-part inspection consists of a comprehensive application process followed by an onsite review by a team of EMS experts, including a board-certified emergency physician.
Areas inspected include: clinical standards, training, communications and dispatch, vehicles, equipment, facilities, quality improvement, safe operations and risk management, problem resolution and performance evaluations, mutual aid and disaster coordination, community education and relations, human resources and personnel management, hiring, credentialing, agency management, financial management and budgeting, and finally, strategic planning.