Appropriate Medical Care “PASS” – 607

Bart Peterson and Larry Cooper join John Ciecko to discuss how we can ALL strive for Appropriate Medical care in our settings.

One way the NATA is working to improve the practice of secondary school athletic trainers is through a new online tool launched in 2019 called PASS (Some features require NATA login credentials). 

Today on the podcast John talks with Bart and Larry about the online tool they helped create through an entire year of data collection, research and collaboration.

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What is PASS?

PASS is an online tool available to secondary school athletic trainers that are NATA members.  The tool takes the AT through 12 standards with narratives and annotations that can help ensure that can help elevate the care at a secondary school and ensure that you are practicing at the highest level.

Who should use PASS and how should it be used?

Bart and Larry encourage all secondary school AT’s to login and process through the PASS system.  Their goal is for at least 20% of all HS AT’s participating in PASS so that they can then pull of data of each state and assess where each state is meeting the standard and what needs improvement.

They recommend that an AT take approx 1 month to go through each standard and at the end of the year (12 standards) each secondary school will have a comprehensive collection of their policies, procedures, EAP’s and other administrative information.

How can an AT use PASS to move towards appropriate medical care?

The standards provided in PASS will ensure the AT is practicing at the highest level of care.  Each standard includes evidence and case law for compliance.

The standards are also a great tool to present to stakeholders within your school to encourage change.  For example, there is a standard of clean and safe facilities. If you as an AT are struggling to get your AT room and equipment cleaned properly, this standard can be taken to a stakeholder in the district and will help them understand the need for and importance of clean facilities.

The PASS system is also a great way to transition between AT’s in your school.  All EAP’s, policies, etc are stored on the PASS sight for the next AT at that high school.

We are already a NATA Safe School.  Should I still do PASS?

Bart and Larry encourage even Safe School Award winners to process through PASS.  “If they have already been awarded the Safe School Award, they have probably already completed 70-80% of PASS.

Bart’s dream is to have Safe Schools and PASS connect so that AT’s are not only participating in PASS but also apply for the Safe Schools Award.

What is the end product of PASS?

Elevated care within the secondary setting and moving from a model where a non-medical professional evaluates the AT to a medical model where the health care team works together to not only evaluate the AT but also to evaluate all the policies and procedures with the high school.

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