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16th Annual NPSF Congress Set for May 14-16, 2014, in Orlando, FL

Boston, MA, March 24, 2014—The National Patient Safety Foundation has announced the program for the 16th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress, to be held May 14-16, 2014, in Orlando, FL, with keynotes that touch upon topics in patient safety research, practice, and advocacy. Read More→

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Physicians and patients rely on accurate laboratory test results to guide treatment decisions. To ensure the accuracy of laboratory tests and reduce variation in laboratory practices, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has developed the first evidence-based guideline to validate all immunohistochemical (IHC) assays. The guideline, Principles of Analytic Validation of Immunohistochemical Assays, is now available in the online edition of Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.

“IHC testing is an essential component of the pathologist’s evaluation of a tissue sample. It serves a critical need in patient care as the results from IHC testing often directly guide treatment,” said Patrick L. Fitzgibbons, MD, FCAP, lead author of the guideline and a pathologist at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif. “Implementation of the guideline provides pathologists and laboratory professionals a set of standardized procedures to ensure consistency among all laboratories for all specimens.”

Read the press release on the CAP website.

 

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Stay Connected is a program designed to facilitate the transition from medical device applications that allow connection between unrelated delivery systems to new, safer connectors that ensure compatibility and consistency while reducing the likelihood of tubing misconnections. Stay Connected is organized by the Global Enteral Device Supplier Association (GEDSA) in partnership with leading industry organizations. GEDSA invites everyone to stay connected as the tubing connectors are introduced through a three-phase communications program—Aware, Prepare, and Adopt—to ensure a successful transition to safer connectors.

For more information, visit StayConnected2014.org.

 

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National Patient Safety Foundation Program Aligns Stakeholders from Across Health Care in a Unifying Mission

Boston, MA (February 20, 2014)—The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), a central voice for patient safety since 1997, is pleased to announce that Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc., has joined the NPSF Patient Safety Coalition as an associate member. Pacira, located in New Jersey and California, is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of new products for the acute care setting. Read More→

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On Jan. 15, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels hosted a press teleconference to launch a new educational web resource with extensive materials to help hospitals prevent worker injuries, assess workplace safety needs, enhance safe patient handling programs, and implement safety and health management systems. Read More→

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The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recently published the 2014-15 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals, which identifies and summarizes six practices that hospitals should use to improve medication safety.  Read More→

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NEHI/Prescriptions for a Healthy America Roundtable Says Payment Reform is Key

HIT policy needs to focus on specific goals for improving patient medication adherence in order to realize the goals of improving patient health and achieving cost savings in the US health care system, according to an expert panel convened recently by NEHI (Network for Excellence in Health Innovation) and Prescriptions for a Healthy America. Read More→

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On January 31, 2014, board leadership and staff from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM), the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) gathered together in Chicago at NAHQ’s headquarters for a first-of-its kind consortium meeting. After identifying common objectives among the organizations, participants convened a meeting to learn more about one another’s strategic objectives and identify potential synergistic opportunities for the future. Read More→

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For Patient Safety Awareness Week, NPSF Urges Public to Navigate Your Health…Safely

Boston, Mass. (Feb. 13, 2013)—Diagnostic error is the focus as the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) leads Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 2-8, 2014. This year’s theme, Navigate Your Health…Safely, highlights the need for health care providers to ensure that patients and consumers are more engaged in the health care process, whether they are visiting the doctor for a routine exam or entering the hospital for surgery. Read More→

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DAYTON, Ohio & BOSTON, February 10, 2014Standard Register Healthcare in partnership with the National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute announced that nominations have opened for the first annual John Q. Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement.

“The intent of the John Q. Sherman Award is to both recognize and inspire people and organizations to share their work,” said John King, president of Standard Register Healthcare. “By spotlighting best practices in patient and family engagement, we have the opportunity to accelerate the transformation in care delivery and a make measurable difference in people’s recovery and well-being.”

The Award will recognize one individual and one healthcare organization or provider institution for their successful work in engaging patients and families to improve care and patient outcomes. Work must have occurred between January 1, 2012 and January 31, 2014. Read More→

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