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2015 Congress: United in Safety

The 17th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress took place in Austin, Texas, April 29 to May 1, 2015. The theme for the year was UNITED IN SAFETY, emphasizing the cross-disciplinary, cross-specialty, cross-care-setting work that is needed in order to continue to make a difference in the safety of care provided both to patients and for the safety of the health care workforce.


The NPSF Congress as the only meeting with a global reach and a singular focus — safety in health care. In a time when there are so many competing priorities in health care, the NPSF Congress is the only conference where health care safety is the center of attention for every session, presenter, and networking opportunity.


View or Download the 2015 Supporter & Exhibitor Guide with Program At-a-Glance



The Pre-Congress day included six full-day programs:

  • Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) Review Course
  • Leadership Day: Shining a Light. Safer Health Care through Transparency.Download the Executive Summary of this session [PDF].
  • Keeping Kids Safe During Care: Advancements and Lessons from Pediatrics
  • Sharing and Caring: Practical Initiatives for Advancing Patient and Family Engagement
  • Patient Safety Science: Successful Practices to Optimize Root Cause Analysis (RCA)


 Prior to the opening keynote session on Thursday, April 30, NPSF shared a video tribute to Dr. Lucian Leape, a founder of NPSF and founding chairman of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute.


The Congress featured four keynote sessions:

  • NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Keynote: Cultivating and Sustaining Respectful Behavior
    Lucian L. Leape, MD, renowned voice of patient safety, one of the founders of the National Patient Safety Foundation, and chair of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute.
    Gerald B. Hickson, MD, Senior Vice President for Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Joseph C. Ross Chair in Medical Education and Administration, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
    Gary S. Kaplan, MD, FACMPE, Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • Hot Topics in Patient Safety: Selected Papers Advancing the Field in the Past Year
    Kaveh Shojania, MD, Director, Centre for Quality and Improvement and Patient Safety, University of Toronto, Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality & Safety
  • From Experience to Influence: How Three Patients are Leading Patient Safety
    Kim Blanton, Patient and Family Advisor, Vidant Health
    Chrissie Blackburn, Principal Advisor, Patient and Family Engagement, University Hospitals of Cleveland
    Beth Daley Ullem, MBA, Patient Advocate and Governance Expert, Board of Directors, ThedaCare Hospital System and Solutions for Patient Safety, Former Board of Directors, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • The Nimble Culture: Managing Philosophies-in-Tension In Pursuit of Safe and Reliable Operational Excellence
    Allan Frankel, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Safe and Reliable Healthcare

Thirty breakout sessions were held in six tracks:

  • Optimizing the Benefits and Minimizing Harms of Health Technology
  • Creating and Sustaining Joy, Meaning, and Safety in the Workplace
  • Patient Safety in the Ambulatory Setting
  • Partnering with Patients and Families for the Safest Care
  • Accelerating the Cost Case for $afety
  • Advancing Safety Science Implementation


Again this year, NPSF provided live, interactive simulations of health care scenarios in our Learning & Simulations Center. The three simulation scenarios followed one patient through several events in their care, with each simulation offering different opportunities for demonstration and discussion of crucial patient safety issues. The demonstrations are designed to include active participation from Congress attendees as an integral part of the learning experience


Continuing Education:

This educational conference offered a maximum of: 

• 16.75 contact hours for physicians
• 15.50 contact hours for pharmacists
• 17.00 contact hours for nurses
• 16.75 contact hours for healthcare quality professionals
• 14.00 contact hours for professionals in healthcare risk management
• 16.75 contact hours for healthcare executives



Special events held at the Congress included:

Conferral of awards (see details): the 2015 Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Award, the John Q. Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement, and the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.


Certified Professionals in Patient Safety (CPPS) Networking Event

Member Networking Event for members of ASPPS (American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety) and members of the NPSF Stand Up for Patient Safety program


Award for Best Poster at this year's Congress


Special Breakfast: Meet the NPSF Board Members

Special Breakfast:What's New at NPSF?


Thank you to our Supporters:


3M Health Care


Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)


American Medical Association



Zynx Health

Brandix i3




Research Keynote

CRICO Strategies




The Doctors Company Foundation


Laerdal Medical

Wireless Internet Access

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals


The Joint Commission


Anthem Foundation

Congress Support

FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc.

Charging Stations

Pacira Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Thursday Breakfast


Friday Breakfast


Simulation Support

Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH)

Hand Sanitizer Stations

SafeHaven Georgia-Pacific

FRIEND Supporters


American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)

Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Center

America’s Essential Hospitals



Graduate Programs in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

Northwestern University




Kaiser Permanente


Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare (PSQH)


2015 Congress Documents

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
2015 NPSF Congress CME Form PDF (273.29 KB)  more ] Administration 5/7/2015
2015 NPSF Congress CE Form PDF (285.44 KB)  more ] Administration 5/7/2015
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