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President's Corner

Upcoming Professional Learning Series Webcasts

Stand Up Member News


Patient Safety News & Resources

November 2015

President's Corner — A "Must Do" to Avoid Flu

This month, NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi writes about the importance of influenza vaccination for health care workers. Read her column.

Tejal K. Gandhi

Upcoming Professional Learning Series Webcasts

NPSF Professional Learning Series webcasts are open to an unlimited number of participants per connection to enable health care teams to learn together.

Registration is complimentary for all Stand Up for Patient Safety and NPSF Patient Safety Coalition members. Please enter member code SUP4S2 at checkout. Please note that members do not need to log in to the NPSF website to register and enter the code.

Ben Moulton

Shared Decision Making and Patient Safety
Wednesday, December 2 | 1:00–2:00 pm ET

Featured Speaker:
Benjamin W. Moulton, JD, MPH
Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Policy

Register or learn more.

Missed a Recent Webcast? There’s Still Time to Learn –
Check Out the Replay

Patient Blood Management through the Lens of Patient Safety
Featured Speakers:
Patient Blood Management Expert Panel

Click here to register for and access the replay. No coupon code is required. (If you previously registered for this webcast, simply use your existing login information to access the replay.)

Health Literacy: A Vital Sign for Patient Safety

Featured Speaker:
Karen Baker
Vice President, Mission Initiatives

Click here to register for and access the replay using the coupon code SUP4S2. (If you previously registered for this webcast, simply use your existing login information to access the replay.)

Upcoming Certified Professional in Patient Safety Webinar

This webinar is being offered to experienced patient safety professionals who plan to take the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) examination. The course can help participants prepare for the exam by reviewing domain content areas and test-taking strategies.

Stand Up members receive a $20 discount off the cost of registration. Please enter member code SUPS20 at checkout. Please note that members do not need to login to the NPSF website to register and enter the code.

The next scheduled live webinar course is:
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | 10:00 am–5:00 pm ET

Register or learn more.

Stand Up Member News

Member Spotlight:
Newton Wellesley Hospital
Congratulations to Bert Thurlo-Walsh, vice president for quality and patient safety at Stand Up member Newton-Wellesley Hospital, on receiving the 2015 Rising Quality Star Award by the National Association for Healthcare Quality. Mr. Thurlo-Walsh has presented breakout sessions and posters, both nationally and internationally, on readmissions, patient experience, and the use of safety events in quality improvement. Learn more here.

Does your organization have exciting news to share? Drop us a line at

What Are Members Saying? Findings from the 2015 Member Survey
Thank you to those of you who took time to complete our 2015 Annual Stand Up Program Member Survey. We were very happy to hear from you.

Results show that respondents view the following as particular strengths of the Stand Up program:

  • Access to tools and resources
  • Access to current information

Respondents listed the following as the most valuable offerings, although nearly all program benefits received high marks in terms of value and satisfaction:

Are you familiar with all that the Stand Up program has to offer? Click here to access the full benefit list and here to view a video overview of the Stand Up benefit package.

While the program received positive ratings, some respondents identified time constraints, staffing limitations, and conflicting priorities as barriers that prevent full participation in the program at their facilities. NPSF strives to provide information in a manner that best serves members’ needs and welcome your feedback on what we can do to further ease participation in the program. Drop us a line at

Stand Up Benefits Update

Patient Blood Management Through the Lens of Patient Safety—New Offering!

You receive complimentary access to this online educational module as a benefit of your membership in the Stand Up for Patient Safety Program.

Patient blood management, or PBM, is the scientific use of safe and effective medical and surgical techniques designed to minimize and manage anemia and decrease bleeding in an effort to improve patient outcomes. PBM strategies can be implemented at every stage of care for both surgical and nonsurgical patients.

Developed by a distinguished panel of subject matter experts, this module addresses the history of blood transfusion, safety implications, clinical principles of PBM, and strategies for starting a PBM program with a health care organization.

A combination of a monograph and video lectures, the five-part NPSF module allows participants to learn at their own pace. Continuing education or continuing medical education credits are available to those who complete the module.

How to Access the Module

  • Log in to using your member login credentials.
  • Visit the NPSF online store. As long as you are logged in as a member, your cost will register as $0.
  • If you have questions about your organizational membership or need assistance, please e-mail

Patient Safety Awareness Week Is March 13-19, 2016

Addresses for Shipping Patient Safety Awareness Week Toolkits
Stand Up members receive complimentary Patient Safety Awareness Week Toolkits, which feature resources and materials for engaging staff and patients.

In order to facilitate toolkit shipping, we have emailed each primary contact to obtain mailing address updates. If you are the primary contact for your organization and have not confirmed your shipping address with us yet, please contact Toolkits will be shipped in early January.


Call for Posters: 18th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress
Abstracts are solicited for Research and Solutions poster presentations. Initiatives that cross or link stakeholder groups are encouraged. The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 18, 2015, at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. Learn more.

A Milestone for Certified Professionals in Patient Safety
The number of health professionals holding the CPPS credential reached 1,000 last month. Read more.

We Want to Hear from You: NPSF Online Forum Survey
NPSF is conducting a survey in order to assess awareness of and interest in the NPSF online patient safety discussion forum. Whether you have been a forum user or not, your feedback will be greatly appreciated. Respond by December 4.

NPSF Supports Mandatory Flu Vaccination for Health Care Workers
The Foundation re-issued a position statement initially released in 2009. Read more.

Young Physicians Patient Safety Awards
Applications due by January 25, 2016
Conferred by The Doctors Company Foundation in Partnership with the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, these awards recognize young physicians for their personal insight into the importance of applying the principles of patient safety to reduce the incidence of medical error. Learn more.

From the P.S. Blog —

Evidence, Information, and Knowledge as Components of Transparency
Inspired by sessions at the 2015 NPSF Patient Safety Congress, this guest post looks at how health care organizations could optimize their use of evidence, information, and knowledge in their safety work. Read more.

EHR Usability and Patient Safety
The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently issued guidelines for usability testing and standardization to enhance safety of electronic health records. Read an interview with lead author Lana Lowry.

Patient Safety News, Resources, and Events

HIMSS16 Annual Conference & Exhibition
February 29 – March 4, 2016
Sands Expo Convention Center | Las Vegas, NV

NPSF is an endorser of this Health Information Management Systems Society meeting, which will bring together health care IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and vendors from around the world at its 2016 conference and expo. Learn more and register.

Improving Diagnosis in Health Care—The Next Imperative for Patient Safety
This perspective piece highlights recommendations of the recently released Institute of Medicine report. Co-author Dr. Mark Graber, founder of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, served on the IOM committee that produced the new report. He is also a member of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety at NPSF and a former recipient of an NPSF Research Grant. Read it on the New England Journal of Medicine website.

Dirty Endoscopes Top ECRI Institute’s 2016 Technology Hazards List
The 2016 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards list, released today, includes both high-profile and unexpected issues, as well as ones that are emerging, such as hazards related to electronic health records. Read more.

The Joint Commission Releases 2016 National Patient Safety Goals

Visit the website for details.

Medication Adherence Resources from the FDA
The Food and Drug Administration produces a number of resources for professionals to help improve medication adherence in their patients. Learn more.

Have questions about patient safety?
Ask your peers on the NPSF Online Forum. The Forum is our new online feature where you can ask questions, share success stories or best practices, and keep up with your peers in patient safety. Anyone can read messages on the Forum. To post a question or message or to reply, you need to first register on the website. Learn more

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