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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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Report Urges Inclusion of Patients and Families in Clinical Activities, Health Care Design and Delivery, and Policy Development

Boston, MA, March 19, 2014—Enabling patients and families to be respected partners in health care—from the exam room to the policy arena—is essential if the U.S. health care system is to continue to make progress in patient safety. That is the central message of a report released today by the National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute.

Safety Is Personal: Partnering with Patients and Families for the Safest Care, advocates for patients and families to be active partners in all aspects of their care, as well as in health care design and delivery and in policy development and research efforts. The report identifies specific action items for health leaders, clinicians, and policy makers to pursue in making patient and family engagement a core value in the provision of health care 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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The National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute — and founding chairman Lucian Leape, MD — will receive the AACN Pioneering Spirit Award for international leadership in patient safety. The institute and founding chairman Dr. Leape, internationally recognized as the father of the patient safety movement, will be honored for advancing transforming concepts essential to a culture of safety in the healthcare system. The award, from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) , will be presented at the 2014 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, Denver, May 17-22.  Read more.

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The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is conducting a survey to identify essential priorities for board education that may improve the financial performance of hospitals and health systems via the channels of patient safety and quality. Read More→

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The AHA-NPSF Comprehensive Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship is a year-long program for clinical and strategic leaders dedicated to improving quality and patient safety results. Through a highly participatory learning experience, fellows gain competency in advanced patient safety concepts and are able to utilize those concepts through an Action Learning Project. For more than 12 years, the Fellowship program has mentored more than 350 change agents in the United States and abroad. The program offers an intensive leadership experience and wide-ranging curriculum that includes foundational patient safety concepts and integrated approaches to enhance patient centeredness, care coordination, employee focus, and transparency and organizational learning.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Expanding your knowledge of patient safety science and evidence-based approaches to preventing harm
  • Enhancing your capacity to lead improvement teams, create allies and align improvement initiatives across your organization
  • Building critical skill sets around measuring and tracking project outcomes
  • Executing and completing an improvement project using a rigorous deployment approach
  • Accessing an expansive network of national experts, project mentors, and fellowship alumni

The Fellowship is co-sponsored by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) in partnership with the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), Health Forum, the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM), the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), and the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM).

 

Applications will be accepted through May 1, 2014.  International candidates are welcome to apply. To learn more about the program, visit www.ahafellowships.org or call (312) 422-2933(312) 422-2933.

 

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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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NPSF Program Aligns Stakeholders from Across Health Care in a Unifying Mission

Boston, MA (February 24, 2014)—The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), a central voice for patient safety since 1997, is pleased to announce that the MagMutual Patient Safety Institute has joined the NPSF Patient Safety Coalition. MagMutul, basead in Atlanta, is a leading provider of medical professional liability insurance to physicians and hospitals, particularly throughout the Southeastern U.S. The MagMutual Patient Safety Institute is a division of the organization focused on providing risk management and patient safety resources. It is the first affiliate of an insurance company to join the NPSF Patient Safety Coalition. Read More→

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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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