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→
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→
Texas Tech Researchers to Collaborate with Covenant Medical Center and HKS Architects
BOSTON, MA (August 20, 2013) – The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has awarded a $100,000 grant for an innovative patient safety research project that will examine the mechanisms underlying patient falls in the hospital and formulate recommendations for improved facility design. Led by principal investigator Debajyoti Pati, PhD, Rockwell Professor, Department of Design, Texas Tech University, this project brings together the perspectives of multiple disciplines, including architecture and design, classical mechanics, and nursing. Read More→
2013 Professional Learning Series Webcast
Webcast held April 24, 2013
Please note: Continuing education credits are not available for archived programs.
This program provides a general introduction to the AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, how to administer the survey, review results, and submit data to the AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative Database. An explanation of the Data Entry and Analysis Tool will show users how to enter survey data and output results. The speakers will also provide an overview of the 2012 AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative Database Results. Read More→
JPS Health Network and the 97th Medical Group, Altus AFB, Share This Year’s Award for Projects Addressing Surgical Fire Risk and Outpatient Pediatric Care
May 1, 2013, Boston, MA—The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has announced the winners of the 2013 Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Award. The award for a hospital-based project will go to JPS Health Network of Fort Worth, Texas. The award for ambulatory care will be given to the 97th Medical Group, Altus AFB, in Altus, Oklahoma.
The Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Awards will be conferred at the 15th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress to be held May 8-10, 2013, in New Orleans.
The Patient Safety Management Award is given in recognition of the successful implementation of an outstanding patient safety initiative led or created by mid-level management within a member organization of the NPSF Stand Up for Patient Safety program. The initiative must have demonstrated evidence of patient safety improvement, with involvement of staff at all levels of the organization.
JPS Health Network was chosen for an initiative designed to help prevent fires in the operating room (OR). Although OR fires are rare, a 2009 report by ECRI Institute cited them as among the top 10 technology hazards in health care. The JPS team adapted the Patient Fire Risk Assessment Tool (developed by the Association of periOperative Nurses) and trained the entire OR staff in how to use the tool and what to do to mitigate fire risk.
“Though we had not experienced a fire in the OR, everyone recognized that this initiative was a positive and important change to our standard of care to reduce the risk,” said Trudy Sanders, RN, vice president, patient services.
The 97th Medical Group, based at Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma, provides care for 9,500 service people and their families in the surrounding communities. They are being recognized for a program designed to standardize pediatric visits through use of checklists that were developed in consultation with all stakeholders—clinical providers, ancillary medical staff, and parents.
“Our goal was to make sure that every parent could answer the question, ‘How do I know I am getting everything I need each time I bring my child to the doctor,’” said Mark H. Smithwick, MBA, patient safety program manager, 97th Medical Group. “Although we are still in the early stages, we have seen positive results in the form of increased immunization rates as well as parents characterizing the visits as ‘thorough.’”
This year marks the first time that two awards are being given. “Our Stand Up for Patient Safety program continues to be a highly valuable offering and continues to spread into the inpatient and ambulatory arenas,” said Patricia McGaffigan, RN, MS, interim president, NPSF. “Because we received numerous submissions from both settings, and because of our commitment to recognize excellence in mid-level management safety projects, we felt it was important to begin recognizing both an inpatient and ambulatory award this year and in the future.”
The awards will be conferred at the Stand Up for Patient Safety Member Breakfast on May 10, 2013. Mr. Smithwick will accept the award on behalf of his organization. Kami Walker, patient safety officer, will accept the award for JPS Health Network.
About the National Patient Safety Foundation NPSF has been pursuing one mission since its founding in 1997–to improve the safety of care provided to patients. As a central voice for patient safety, NPSF is committed to a collaborative, multistakeholder approach in all that it does. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
About the NPSF Stand Up for Patient Safety Program The Stand Up for Patient Safety program at NPSF caters to hospitals, health systems, physician offices, and ambulatory facilities. Whether an organization is starting a new patient safety program or looking to enhance existing quality and safety efforts, membership provides the support and resources necessary to embed patient safety principles into organizational practice and align with national patient safety goals and critical regulatory requirements. Through participation, Stand Up members around the world gain access to field-tested tools and resources, expertly designed educational programs, and the invaluable support network created by the National Patient Safety Foundation. Visit npsf.org to learn more.
Special Sessions on Clinical Alarm Safety, Patient Safety and Hospital Risk, Pain Management
as a Safety Issue at the 15th NPSF Patient Safety Congress in New Orleans, May 8-10, 2013.
April 30, 2013, Boston, MA—The National Patient Safety Foundation has announced special breakfast sessions at the 15th annual NPSF Congress, May 8-10, in New Orleans, LA, that will focus on late-breaking developments in the field. Read More→
The National Patient Safety Foundation is proud to recognize the following members of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety (ASPPS) who are among “50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety,” as chosen earlier this month by Becker’s Hospital Review. Read More→
Results of a newly released survey show that patient safety is a top priority for hospital leaders and risk managers in the US, but, “lack of teamwork, negative culture and poor communication” will present barriers to patient safety in the future. The survey, released today, was commissioned by American International Group, Inc. (AIG) in consultation with patient safety expert Marty Makary, MD, MPH. Read More→
Boston, MA, April 16, 2013—The staff and leadership of the National Patient Safety Foundation offer our sympathy and prayers to the city of Boston and our marathon guests from around the world. We extend our appreciation and thoughts to the many first responders and health care providers who are, and will be, involved in the care of patients and families.
We share here an excerpt from an article in today’s Boston Globe.
Many were fleeing, but many were running to the wounded. They ripped down the metal barriers separating the runners from spectators. Unsure of whether there would be another explosion, these strangers risked their lives to help other strangers, performing CPR, comforting those in shock, and carrying the wounded to the nearby medical tent.
Alix Coletta, 26, a nurse in the medical tent, later told me she and others had treated dozens of people — including children — for severe trauma, massive bleeding, and heart problems.
The Boston Globe