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Creating a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm


With a mission to work with multiple stakeholders to improve patient safety worldwide, NPSF has a history of helping health care organizations through programs that address the most pressing safety issues they face.

American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety

The American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety (ASPPS) at NPSF is the first and only individual membership program for the patient safety field. ASPPS was established to advance patient safety as a distinct and vital health care discipline, and to build an engaged, focused community of individuals committed to accelerating the delivery of safe patient care.

Membership in ASPPS is open to anyone who works directly or indirectly to support and improve the safety of patients. Our members represent a variety of different occupations and professional backgrounds. Learn more about the benefits of membership.

Stand Up for Patient Safety

The Stand Up for Patient Safety program is an organization-wide membership program that offers tools to launch, sustain, and advance patient safety initiatives. Membership benefits include a Member Resource Guide with an extensive collection of articles, brochures, and other items; awareness-building campaign materials; and educational resources, including free participation in CME, CEU, and ACPE  accredited audio-web conferences presented by experts in the field; complimentary access to robust online, self-guided educational modules; patient safety publications; literature alerts; and more.

Begun in 2002 with 16 founding members, the Stand Up program now has a membership of over 400 health care facilities. The Ambulatory Stand Up for Patient Safety™ program, launched in 2008, provides similar resources that are targeted to physician practices and outpatient centers. Read more about Stand Up.

Online Learning

NPSF considers education to be part of our central mission. Most of our educational offerings carry continuing education credits for health care professionals. We offer a monthly webcast through the Professional Learning Series; a number of educational modules that focus on specific topics; and a comprehensive Patient Safety Curriculum for those who wish to raise their expertise to the next level.

Ask Me 3®

The Ask Me 3 program is a patient education program designed to promote communication between health care providers and patients in order to improve health outcomes. Ask Me 3 offers background information about health literacy as well as brochures and information to share with staff and patients. Learn more about Ask Me 3.

NPSF Research Grants Program

The NPSF Research Grants program aims to stimulate new, innovative research directed toward improved patient safety in the United States. Since 1998, the program has supported 39 research projects with nearly $3.8 million in grant funding. Learn more here.