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April (1) | Volume 18, Issue 4:1

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ASPPS e-News, November 2013

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In this issue
  • ASPPS News
    • Members in the News:
      Gregg Meyer, MD, MSc, co-authors article on quality incentives for salaried physicians
      Lucian Leape, MD, interviewed about disrespect in medicine
  • NPSF News
    • 16th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress: Check the website, npsfcongress.org, for updates
    • Health Information Technology through the Lens of Patient Safety, CE/CME-accredited online educational module from NPSF, now available
    • NPSF welcomes new Corporate Council members
  • Upcoming Events & Conferences
    • AAMI Foundation Webinar Series, Alarm Systems Management, December 3
    • Professional Learning Series Webcasts: December 3 on preventing diagnostic error; January 7  on the quality, safety , and value movements
  • Patient Safety News & Resources
    • Save the Date: Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 2-8, 2014
    • Doctors Company Foundation Young Physicians Patient Safety Award, deadline February 3
    • Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation calls for grant LOIs
    • ISMP announces Cheers Awards
    • ECRI Institute publishes top 10 health technology hazards
    • Wall Street Journal article on misdiagnoses
    • New resources from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices

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Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 2-8, 2014, is fast approaching. Based on feedback from our members, NPSF will be highlighting the topic of diagnostic error during this week.

If you, or your organization, have materials on this topic that you would like to share or highlight during this week, please let us know. We are seeking publicly available resources that address the subject area of diagnostic error with patients and families, health care professionals, or health care organizations.

We also have a small number of volunteer opportunities available to assist with development, provide feedback on, or pilot test new materials.

As you may know, Patient Safety Awareness Week is held annually and is intended to raise awareness, promote the engagement of patients, families, and health care providers, and encourage a sustainable and conscientious collaboration between all parties. The week is intended to imprint an indelible statement that efforts to improve patient safety must be collaborative and that we must never be satisfied with the status quo.

Please send your name, contact information, and a summary of your potential interests and contributions to [email protected] by November 30, 2013.

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CPPS Certification Prep Course Survey

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Thank you to all who responded to our survey about a preparatory course for the Certified Professional inPatient Safety (CPPS) exam. Your feedback will help us shape the course to meet the needs of patient safety professionals in all settings.

Congratulations to the three respondents whose names were picked at random to receive a gift card:

Fiona Roberts, MA
Project Coordinator
MGH/MGPO Edward P. Lawrence Center for Quality & Safety
Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, Massachusetts)

Brenda Harton, MSN, RN-BC, CPHQ, CPPS
Quality Nurse Specialist III
Vidant Medical Center
Greenville, NC

Jocelyn Perez, RN-BC, BSN, MA
Metropolitan Hospital
New York, New York


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Thank You, NPSF Survey Respondents

On Nov 11, 2013 | Comments (0)

The National Patient Safety Foundation recently conducted a survey about its future direction. Our goal was to obtain feedback to help ensure we shape our future focus and direction based on the top priorities and concerns of our key constituents–like you.

As a thank you to all who took the time to respond, five respondents were selected at random to each receive a $50 American Express gift card.

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September (1) 2013 | Volume 17, Issue 9:1

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The National Patient Safety Foundation wants to hear from you.

Please take a brief survey to help ensure we shape our future focus and direction based on the top priorities and concerns of our key constituents—like you.

This brief survey includes 9 questions and should take about 5 minutes of your time to complete.

Thank you for your valued input. We encourage you to share this message or send the survey link to your colleagues: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FutureNPSF

The survey period will end on Monday, October 14, 2013, at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

As a token of our appreciation, 5 randomly chosen individuals who complete the entire survey will receive a $50 American Express gift card. To be eligible, you must provide your contact information in the space provided at the end of the survey.

Your privacy is important to us. Your answers will be combined with others, and your confidentiality will be respected.

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Website Usability Survey

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Tell Us What You Think

As a visitor to www.npsf.org, you are a valuable member of our audience. We want to hear your thoughts about the quality and usability of our website.

Take our website usability survey by July 31, 2013, and get a chance to be one of three winners who will be randomly chosen to receive a $50 Amazon gift card as our token of thanks.

Note: In order to be eligible for the random drawing, you must provide your full name and e-mail address.



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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.

Patricia McTiernan
[email protected]

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Response to the Boston Marathon Bombing

On Apr 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

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.

—David Abel
The Boston Globe

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