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Call for Speaker Abstracts

2017 National Patient Safety Foundation Annual Congress


May 17-19, 2017 | Orlando, FL


Submission Deadline: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 11:59 PM ET


The preliminary track topics for the 2017 NPSF Patient Safety Congress were developed through a series of planning calls, an analysis of survey feedback and input from our Board and Planning Committee members. The breakout sessions for the 2017 Congress will be organized around the following topics and can include examples from across the entire health care continuum.


Abstracts will be considered for six (6) track themes. Preferences will be given to proposals that address patient and family engagement, demonstrate sustainability in best practices and innovation. All accepted proposals must identify pragmatic tools and take-a-ways. Abstracts that discuss safety work in pediatrics is also encouraged. Submissions from outside the United States are welcome. Please note that due to accreditation restrictions, abstracts with a commercial focus or influence have a small chance of being approved for CE and CME.

  1. Advancing Safety Science
    Topics could include:
      • New and emerging practices
      • High reliability, lean, six sigma
      • Root cause analysis and action
      • Human factors
      • Culture and using culture survey data
      • Reduction of health care associated harm

  2. Beyond Hospital Walls
    Topics could include:
      • Transitions/coordination of care
      • Infections
      • Diagnostic error
      • Test results
      • Referral management
      • Medical/surgical home
      • Vulnerable populations
      • End of life care
      • Skilled nursing, rehab, and home health

  3. Caring for the Caregiver
    Topics could include:
      • Second victim
      • Managing disruptive behavior
      • Building resiliency and reducing burnout
      • Respect in the workplace
      • Workforce safety (physical and psychological)

  4. Culture of Safety in the Workplace
    Topics could include:
      • Just culture
      • Transparency
      • Building trust
      • Accountability
      • Communication
      • Reporting and feedback
      • Psychological Safety
      • Leadership
      • Employee Satisfaction

  5. Innovative Technology
    Topics could include:
      • Optimizing alarms, alerting, and/or decision support
      • Advances in patient safety technology/new innovations
      • Remote care technology, virtual care
      • Identifying and mitigating unintended consequences of technology
      • Successful deployment of technologies that improve safety
      • Health information technology
      • Transitions of care across the information technology continuum

  6. Medication Safety across the Continuum
    Topics could include:
      • Best practices in medication safety
      • New emerging issues and innovations in medication safety
      • Medication safety monitoring and risk assessment
      • Medication adherence
      • Medication reconciliation

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 11:59PM ET

If you have any questions regarding the 2017 National Patient Safety Foundation Annual Congress Call for Speakers, please contact Cathy Lampa, NPSF Faculty Coordinator at or 412.606.1663.
Submission Deadline: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 11:59PM ET
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