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President's Corner

News from the NPSF Patient Safety Congress

Other NPSF News

Upcoming Events

Patient Safety News & Resources



May 2015 
  Tejal K. Gandhi

President’s Corner

Leadership, culture, and the power of patients made a strong showing at the 2015 NPSF Congress. Read the column by NPSF President Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS.




News from the NPSF Patient Safety Congress


Thank you to everyone who was able to join us in Austin for the 17th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress. We have heard from many of you already, and we appreciate all of your great feedback.

Save the Date:
The 18th Annual NPSF Congress will take place May 23-25, 2016, in Scottsdale, AZ.



If you have not already completed the meeting survey, access the survey online through our mobile website: To log in, use the e-mail address you used when you registered (all lowercase) and the password austin2015.

We truly value your feedback and review it carefully to make improvements to the program each year.


NOTE: The deadline for CE and CME credits is June 1. There will be no exceptions or deadline extensions. Requesting CE/CME is a two-step process that requires the completion of the sign-in form and also completing the online survey which can be found on the sign-in form. For information, visit


Dr. Gary Kaplan Named Chair of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute
Prior to the opening keynote session at the Congress, attendees viewed a video tribute to founding chairman, Dr. Lucian Leape (pictured at right), who announced the transition. Read more.

View a video interview with Dr. Kaplan by H&HN.

A Culture of Safety Starts with the CEO
View a video interview with NPSF President Dr. Tejal Gandhi by H&HN.


Awards at Congress

  •’s John Q. Sherman Award, conferred by Standard Register Healthcare and the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, honored North Shore/LIJ Health System for excellence in patient engagement.
  • The Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Awards recognized two member organizations, U of Mississippi Medical Center and North Shore/LIJ Health System (pictured above), for successful safety initiatives.
  • The NPSF DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses honored one individual, Michael Blomquist, RN, CCRN, of University of Kansas Medical Center, and one team, the Serious Communicable Diseases Unit of Emory University Hospital.

Read more about these awards.


Poster Awards at Congress
Prior to the closing keynote with Dr. Allan Frankel, Congress Co-Chair Dr. Karen Frush announced the Poster Awards. Read about those chosen for recognition.

Patients Implore CEOs to Tie Pay to Safety
Read coverage of a Congress keynote from H&HN.

From the P.S. Blog
New Breed Patient, Family Advisors Move Health Care, not Flower Pots
This guest post touches on themes from one of the Congress keynote sessions.


Other NPSF News

Deadline Extended:
Flash Poll on Opioid-Related Learning Needs and Patient Safety Concerns

If you have not had a chance to do so yet, please respond to our poll by June 5, 2015. 

NPSF President Named One of Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Women in Healthcare Read more.


50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety
NPSF leaders, members of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety (ASPPS) at NPSF, and members of the NPSF Stand Up for Patient Safety programs are included on Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2015 list. Read more.

Upcoming Events


Professional Learning Series Webcasts

Stand Up for Patient Safety member organizations receive complimentary registration for an unlimited number of participants for Professional Learning Series Webcasts. Members of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety at NPSF (ASPPS) receive special member pricing for their individual registration.


From Med Wreck to Med Rec: Results, Lessons Learned, and Implications from the Multicenter Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement Study (MARQUIS)
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)


Featured Speaker: Jeffrey L. Schnipper, MD, MPH, FHM
Director of Clinical Research, BWH Hospitalist Service
Associate Physician, Division of General Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Co-Chair, Partners Clinical Performance: Transitions in Care
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Click here for details and registration information.

The continuing education information for this event is pending. Please check back soon for more information.


10 Interesting and Surprising Things Your Health Care System Needs to Know and Do to Provide Safe Care


Wednesday, June 3, 2015 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

Featured Speaker: Robert M. Wachter, MD
Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

Click here for details and registration information.

The continuing education information for this event is pending. Please check back soon for more information.



Professional Certification Preparation 

Certified Professional in Patient Safety Review Course Webinar
June 11, 2015 | 10:00AM – 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

This course is being offered to experienced patient safety professionals who plan to take the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) examination. This program is approved for six (6) contact hours toward the fulfillment of the requirements of CPPS (Certified Professional in Patient Safety) recertification.

Read details or register

Patient Safety News & Resources 


Health IT Safety Webinar Series
EHR Usability & Health IT Safety and Health IT Safety
Friday, June 19, 2015 | 1:00 to 2:30pm (Eastern Time)
Attendance is free. Register online.
This is the seventh of a 10-part webinar series presented by RTI International and funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

New AHRQ Report: Quality of Care, Patient Safety Improving
During the NPSF Congress, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality announced two new resources: The 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and the AHRQ Patient Safety Chartbook. Read more.

Read a related blog post by AHRQ Director Richard Kronick, PhD.


Calling All Pediatric Clinics
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is recruiting sites to take part in an innovative quality improvement project to reduce diagnostic error. Pediatric clinics are invited to submit a recruitment application. Priority will be given to applications completed by June 3. Read more on the AAP website.

Consumer Focus
Easier-to-Read Labels Coming to Over-the-Counter Medications

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a regulation to make sure labels on all OTC medicines have information listed in the same order; are arranged in a simpler eye-catching, consistent style; and may contain easier to understand words. Learn more about why reading the label is so important.


Thinking about membership? NPSF offers membership programs for individuals and organizations that provide valuable benefits to help you advance patient safety, achieve your professional goals, and help grow or sustain your organization’s patient safety program.

Learn more about membership.


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