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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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With Funding from National Patient Safety Foundation Research Grant, Study Looks at Change-of-Shift Reporting in the ICU

Boston, MA, January 21, 2014—Change-of-shift reporting, when clinical responsibility for a patient is handed off from one clinician to another, has been identified as an activity that can have an adverse impact on patient safety. Recommendations for improving the process largely focus on the outgoing clinician—the one reporting information about the patient. In a new study, researchers analyzed the interactions of incoming clinicians, specifically looking to identify differences in communication behaviors across disciplines and levels of training. Read More→

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Boston, MA, January 15, 2014—The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today releases a comprehensive package of tools for hospitals to use in assessing—and improving–the safety of their workforce (see www.osha.gov/dsg/hospitals). The release of the materials is to be announced by Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, at a press briefing at 2:00 pm Eastern Time in Washington, DC. Read More→

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Boston, MA (January 14, 2014)—The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) and Standard Register Healthcare announce a newly established relationship as both work to advance the science and practice of patient and consumer engagement in health care, while driving excellence and innovation. Read More→

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Boston, MA (January 13, 2014)—The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has announced new appointments to the Foundation’s Board of Directors and Board of Governors.

Rick Boothman, JD, chief risk officer, University of Michigan Health System, and Helen Haskell, MA, president, Mothers Against Medical Error, have been appointed to the NPSF Board of Directors for a term of three years. Both previously served on the NPSF Board of Governors.

Newly appointed to the NPSF Board of Governors are Sam R. Watson, MSA, CPPS, MT (ASCP), senior vice president, patient safety & quality, Michigan Health & Hospital Association, and executive director, MHA Keystone Center for Patient Safety and Quality; and Robert J. White, president, Respiratory & Monitoring Solutions, Covidien. Both have been appointed for a term of two years.

Assuming different roles in the Foundation’s governance are Linda K. Kenney, president and executive director, Medically Induced Trauma Support Services, and Barbara Youngberg, JD, visiting professor of law, Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Both recently accepted appointments to the NPSF Board of Governors after serving a number of years on the Board of Directors. Read More→

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