This month, NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi writes about Patient Safety Awareness Week, the United for Patient Safety campaign, and the need to address patient safety as a public health issue. Read her column.
|| Tejal K. Gandhi
NPSF Announces United for Patient Safety Campaign
Designed to spark dialogue and promote action to improve the safety of the health care system for patients and the workforce, the campaign will culminate with Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 13-19, 2016. Learn more.
Program Update: Ask Me 3® and Health Literacy Resources
NPSF recently made some changes to our health literacy program Ask Me 3. You can now download ready-to-print posters and fliers at no charge. Plus we provide an implementation guide, Words to Watch, and other health literacy resources. Learn more.
The latest issue of AAMI News includes an article recognizing health technology management professionals who have achieved the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) credential. Read more.
NPSF congratulates all who achieved the CPPS credential during the month of January 2015. Find out who they are.
ACGME Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments
NPSF is one of 20 organizations partnering with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education on this initiative, an important way to advance patient safety knowledge and practice among physicians in training and the health care workforce. Read more.
John Q. Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement
Nomination period ends March 11, 2016
This award is conferred on behalf of EngagingPatients.org and is sponsored by the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute and Standard Register Healthcare to elevate innovative work to advance patient and family engagement. Find out more.
Upcoming NPSF Events
Professional Learning Series Webcasts
The NPSF Professional Learning Series offers the convenience of continuing education and peer-to-peer collaboration in an online learning environment.
Evaluation of Perioperative Medication Errors and
Adverse Drug Events
Thursday, February 25, 2016 | 2:00–3:00 pm Eastern Time
Karen C. Nanji, MD, MPH
Anesthesiologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Nanji, lead investigator of a recent study on this topic, will discuss her team’s findings. Read the paper published in Anesthesiology.
Register or learn more.
NPSF provides this complimentary webcast through the generous support of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company). BD has had no influence over selection of the content or speaker, and had no influence over webcast content and planning. NPSF does not endorse any commercial interests or related products or services.
Certified Professional in Patient Safety Review Course
Friday, March 11, 2016 | 10:00 am–5:00 pm Eastern Time
Are you thinking about certification? The CPPS Review Course is designed for experienced patient safety professionals who plan to take the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) examination. This course can help participants prepare for the exam by reviewing domain content areas and test-taking strategies. The live webinar format allows for Q&A with the faculty and a shared learning environment.
Mark Jarrett, MD, MBA, CPPS, Sr. Vice President & Chief Quality Officer, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Northwell Health (Formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System) and Professor of Medicine, Hofstra - Northwell Health School of Medicine (Formerly Hofstra - North Shore LIJ School of Medicine)
Judy Milne, MSN, CPHQ, CPPS, Patient Safety Officer, Duke University Hospital
Dot Snow, MPH, CPPS, CHIE, Director, Resource Stewardship, Kaiser Permanente
Learn more and register.
Note: Those who attend the CPPS Review Course Webinar will receive a $25 US rebate off the cost of the certification exam when taken within six months.
Already certified? This program is approved for six (6) contact hours toward the fulfillment of the requirements of CPPS recertification.
Patient Safety Is a Public Health Issue
Thursday, March 17, 2016 | 1:00–2:00 pm Eastern Time
During Patient Safety Awareness Week, NPSF will host this complimentary webcast featuring distinguished speakers from NPSF, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Register or learn more.
18th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress
Monday, May 23–Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Registration is open —
Save $200 with Early Bird Registration
by March 18
Join us at the one and only globally relevant conference with a sole focus on patient safety. This meeting offers inspiring keynote sessions with renowned thought leaders, hands-on educational breakout sessions led by get-it-done experts, and an engaging and interactive Learning & Simulation Center. Get the details and register.
Patient Safety News & Resources
2016-2017 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals
From the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, this publication is designed to encourage national adoption of consensus-based best practices for specific medication safety issues that continue to cause fatal and harmful errors. Download the PDF.
AHRQ Study on EHRs and Patient Harm
Findings of this study, reported in the Journal of Patient Safety, suggest that hospitals with EHRs can provide better-coordinated care from admission to discharge, and thereby reduce the risk of harm reaching patients. Read a summary from AHRQ, or read the article (subscription required).
Communication Failures a Factor in Malpractice Cases
A benchmarking report issued by CRICO Strategies found that communication failures were a factor in 30% of some 7,000 malpractice cases recently examined. Read a summary article, or download the report.
4 Basics for Creating a Safer Healthcare Facility
Read the article on the H&HN website.
The Role of Pathologists in Diagnosis, Quality, and Patient Safety
This executive dialogue from H&HN was sponsored by the American College of Pathologists. Read more.
Leading in a Crisis: The Power of Transparency
This thought paper, published by the Health Foundation, draws on the experiences of leaders in the US and UK Health Systems. Learn more.
Be Safe Rx Campaign
Fraudulent online pharmacies can manipulate their websites to appear legitimate. Before you consider purchasing prescription medicines from an online pharmacy, especially one that’s not associated with a health insurance plan or local “brick and mortar” pharmacy, check out the US Food & Drug Administration's BeSafeRx – Know Your Online Pharmacy website and resources.