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2014 Congress: 1 FOCUS

The 16th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress took place in Orlando, Florida, May 14–16, 2014. The theme for the year was 1FOCUS, emphasizing the NPSF Congress as the only meeting with a global reach and a singular focus — safety in health care. In a time when there are so many competing priorities in health care, the NPSF Congress is the only conference where health care safety is the center of attention for every session, presenter, and networking opportunity.


The Pre-Congress day included six full- or half-day programs:

  • Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) Review Course
  • Exploring New Pathways for Health Care Simulation
  • Just Culture and Safety Science: Optimizing the Root Cause Analysis Process
  • Leadership Day: Keeping Quality and Safety Front and Center – Managing Your Influence in the Right Direction. Read more or download the Executive Summary of this session [PDF].
  • Patients and Families: The Essential Partners for Safer Care
  • Using Patient Safety Organizations to Improve Quality, Safety, and Efficiency in Health Care 

The Congress featured four keynote sessions:

      Dr. Gregg Meyer (left) and Dr. Bob Wachter (right) debate the merits and challenges of accountability in a culture of safety, moderated by NPSF President Dr. Tejal Gandhi (center). 
      Click here to view the video. 
    Lucian Leape Institute Keynote: Patient Safety Is Not Elective, Drs. Robert Wachter and Gregg Meyer. Debating the merits and challenges of accountability with respect to key issues in patient safety.
  • Just As I Am, Regina Holliday
  • Hot Topics in Patient Safety: Selected Papers Advancing the Field in the Past Year, Kaveh Shojania, MD
  • Thriving vs. Surviving During Times of Change, J. Bryan Sexton, PhD 

Thirty breakout sessions were held in six tracks:

  • Track 1. Safety Event Identification, Analysis, and Feedback
  • Track 2. Teamwork and Communication
  • Track 3. Operationalizing Joy and Meaning
  • Track 4. Patient Engagement
  • Track 5. Safety across the Continuum of Care
  • Track 6. Safety Best Practices 


Again this year, NPSF provided live, interactive simulations of health care scenarios in our Learning & Simulations Center. The three simulation scenarios followed one patient through several components of the continuum of care, with each simulation offering different opportunities for demonstration and discussion of crucial patient safety issues. The demonstrations are designed to include active participation from Congress attendees as an integral part of the learning experience


Continuing Education: This educational conference offered a maximum of: 

  • 17.0 contact hours for physicians
  • 17.0 contact hours for pharmacists
  • 17.0 contact hours for nurses in 49 states; 20.0 for nurses in Iowa
  • 17.0 contact hours for health care quality professionals
  • 17.0 contact hours for professionals in health care risk management
  • 17.0 contact hours for health care executives 

Special events held at the Congress included:

  Painter and patient advocate Regina Holliday interpreting on canvas the events of the Congress. 

Conferral of the 2014 Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Award and the John Q. Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement.


The Walking Gallery: Keynote speaker Regina Holliday’s artwork has become part of the national health care discussion and has been covered in the mainstream press, as well as reviewed by such journals as BMJ and APA. She has used her art to start an advocacy movement called “The Walking Gallery,” in which medical providers and advocates wear paintings on the backs of business suits and jackets that depict individual patient stories. She painted two paintings during the Congress, interpreting her experience of the meeting’s events. The works were raffled to two attendees at the close of the Congress.


Certified Professionals in Patient Safety (CPPS) Networking Event

Member Networking Event for members of ASPPS (American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety) and members of the NPSF Stand Up for Patient Safety program


Special Interest Breakfast: Partnership for Promoting Health IT Patient Safety


 View Media Coverage of the 2014 Congress


2014 Congress Materials

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
2014 Congress Supporter-Exhibitor Guide PDF (1.15 MB) Administration 1/21/2015
2014 Congress Schedule at a Glance PDF (217.87 KB) Administration 11/28/2014
2014 Congress Simulations Guide PDF (309.17 KB) Administration 11/28/2014
2014 Congress Supporter Prospectus PDF (452.72 KB) Administration 11/28/2014
2014 Congress Exhibitor Prospectus PDF (208.51 KB) Administration 11/28/2014
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