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In Case You Missed It: NPSF 2015 Highlights

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 31, 2015

As we say good-bye to 2015, here is a brief rundown of some of the most important work done at NPSF during the year.

by Patricia McTiernan, MS


We get it. You’re busy. If you work in health care, if you are a family caregiver, if you are a patient dealing with a serious illness, you’ve had plenty of stuff on your to-do list this year.


For those who may have missed some of our most notable work, this post on the final day of the year provides a concise list and links for how you can catch up. After all, we’ve got a whole weekend before the first Monday of 2016—use it well.


In January, the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute released Shining a Light: Safer Health Care Through Transparency, which calls for sweeping action to increase transparency within and across organizations, between clinicians, and between clinicians and patients. Increased transparency, the report says, will yield broad benefits by promoting accountability; catalyzing improvements in quality and safety; promoting trust and ethical behavior; and facilitating patient choice. We followed this up with a complimentary webcast in February featuring members of the expert panel that produced the report.

In March, NPSF hosted a complimentary webcast, Patients and Families as Partners: United in Safety, with staff from Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. View the slides and listen to the audio here.

In April, in the weeks prior to the 2015 NPSF Patient Safety Congress, we announced the recipients of the NPSF DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the John Q. Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement, and the Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Award.

In June, we released RCA2: Root Cause Analyses and Actions to Prevent Harm. This report (called RCA squared, for short) includes a second A, denoting the importance of taking action to prevent harm from recurring. Download the report and get the webcast slides and audio here.

In August, NPSF announced the Journal of Patient Safety as an official journal of NPSF, allowing members of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety at NPSF and the Stand Up for Patient Safety program to subscribe to the journal at a reduced rate. Read details here.

In September, Modern Healthcare magazine recognized Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, NPSF president and CEO, as one of the 100 most influential people in health care. Read more here.

Also in September, we hosted the 8th annual NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Forum & Keynote Dinner. If you missed it, read a recap on the P.S. Blog.

In October, we hosted a complimentary webcast based on a new educational module, Patient Blood Management through the Lens of Patient Safety, which was released in September. To listen to the webcast replay and view the slides, or for information about the educational module, click here.


Also in October, the number of health professionals holding the Certified Professional in Patient Safety credential passed 1,000. Read the news.

In November, NPSF re-issued a 2009 statement in support of mandatory flu vaccination for health care workers. Read our statement, or read the Health Affairs blog post on why this is a “must do.”

In December, NPSF released Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement Fifteen Years after To Err Is Human. This report calls for the establishment of a total systems approach and a culture of safety, and calls for action by government, regulators, health professionals, and others to place higher priority on patient safety science and implementation. Download the report.


Of course, there were a lot of other activities this year, at NPSF and beyond, to help advance patient safety. One thing we know: There is still a lot of work to do. Stick around to take part in what we'll be doing in 2016.

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