Paramedics Plus, the 911 ambulance transport service for Sioux Falls, has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS). The accreditation recognizes that Paramedics Plus meets or exceeds nationally-accepted standards for its patient care.
CAAS is an independent commission that established a comprehensive series of standards, known as the “Gold Standard,” for the ambulance service industry. The standards, which often exceed state or local regulations, are designed to increase operational efficiency and clinical quality.
“We’re honored to be the only emergency medical services provider in South Dakota to hold this accreditation,” said Michael Bureau, chief operating officer for Paramedics Plus. “We’re excited for our high-quality patient care to be recognized by an industry leader.”
The CAAS accreditation process consists of a comprehensive self-assessment, application and on-site evaluation with industry experts who check for compliance in a variety of factors, including clinical standards, operations and risk management, communications, community relations and disaster coordination.
Paramedics Plus received the CAAS accreditation for a three-year term, which will expire in 2019. Emergency service providers must apply for the CAAS accreditation every three years to ensure the accreditation’s high quality standards are maintained.