Becker’s Hospital Review Recognizes 50 Patient Safety Experts
Becker’s Hospital Review recently released its list of 50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety—2014. NPSF is proud to note that, among them are Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president of NPSF and of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, and Lucian Leape, MD, chair of the Institute and adjunct professor of health policy, Harvard School of Public Health. Read More→
Initial 60-Day Comment Period Through April 18, 2014
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released Common Formats for Surveillance—Hospital—which includes modules entitled Generic Adverse Event Information, Blood or Blood Product, Delivery-Maternal, Delivery-Neonatal, Device or Medical/Surgical Supply Including Health Information Technology (HIT), Falls, Medications, Pressure Ulcer, Readmissions, Surgery or Anesthesia, Venous Thromboembolism, and Other Outcomes of Interest. Read More→
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→
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.
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.
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→