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January 2015


President's Corner

Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, discusses the need for transparency in health care and a new report from the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute.

Read her column.



NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Releases Report on Transparency

Shining a Light: Safer Health Care Through Transparency defines transparency as “the free flow of information that is open to the scrutiny of others.” This new report provides sweeping recommendations to bring greater transparency to health care
and includes case studies showing how transparency is practiced in multiple domains. View or download the report.

Members of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Roundtable on Transparency will discuss the report and its recommendations during a free webcast, Thursday, February 12, from 12 Noon to 1 pm ET. Learn more or register.


John Q. Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement


Nominations Accepted through Feb. 28

This award, sponsored by Standard Register Healthcare and NPSF, was introduced in 2014 to elevate the innovative work people and organizations from across the continuum of care are doing to advance patient and family engagement. Read more or submit a nomination.

Upcoming Events


Professional Learning Series Webcasts

   Christopher P. Landrigan

January 28, 2015 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
Addressing Medical Errors Due to Miscommunication: The I-PASS Program
Register online.

Christopher P. Landrigan, MD, MPH
Boston Children’s Hospital


Health IT Safety Webinar Series

The Role of e-Prescribing in Health IT Safety: Challenges and Solutions
Friday, January 30, 2015 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern Time
Attendance is free. Register online.

NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi is among the presenters in this second of a 10-part webinar series presented by RTI International and funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. 


Save the Date
Patient Safety Awareness Week Is March 8-14, 2015.

This year’s theme is United in Safety. Check our website for updates about the week's activities.


Themed items sell out quickly, so pre-order materials for your staff and patients today. Download campaign logos free of charge on the NPSF Store.



Registration Is Now Open: NPSF Patient Safety Congress
April 29-May 1, 2015, in Austin, Texas

Register Online

Register before March 17, 2015, and save an additional $200 with the Early Bird rate.

If you’ve never been to the NPSF Congress, check out this video for a flavor of the meeting.

NPSF Congress News

NPSF & CRICO Announce Plans to Highlight Patient Safety Research. Read the press release.


Patient Safety News & Resources 


Sustaining and Spreading Improvement in Hand Hygiene Compliance
Two open-access articles in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety discuss targeted approaches to improving hand hygiene and spreading improvement to hospitals not in the initial study group. Visit the website to view or download the articles


Computerized Physician Order Entry-related Medication Errors
This paper discusses a study funded in part by a National Patient Safety Foundation Research Grant. Read the full-text open access article on BMJ Quality & Safety.


CDC Reports Hospital Acquired Infections Continue to Decline
The annual National and State Healthcare-associated Infection Progress Report was released this month.

Advancing the Science of Measurement of Diagnostic Errors in Healthcare
This open access article provides a framework that health professionals can use as a tool to better measure, monitor, and improve diagnostic error.

Epidemic of Violence Against Health Care Workers Plagues Hospitals
Read the article from Scientific American.

Physician Burnout and Occupational Stress:
An Inconvenient Truth with Unintended Consequences
Read the open access article in the Journal of Hospital Administration.

Patient Safety Must Be Part of Mass. Health Care Agenda
Read this commentary in the Boston Globe by Barbara Fain, executive director of the Betsy Lehman Center, a member of the NPSF Stand Up for Patient Safety program.

FDA Launches Education Campaign around Acetaminophen
A new national education campaign provides advice on the safe use of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription pain relief products that contain acetaminophen. The FDA is providing a wide array of articles, fact sheets, brochures, and public service announcements for health care and consumer organization use to help inform the public. Learn more.

NPSF Health Care Safety Speakers
Are you making plans for your 2015 programs? Don’t forget the NPSF Health Safety Speakers program. Engage visionaries from the NPSF Boards and the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute to provide insight, inspiration, and knowledge to your event, retreat, executive session, or conference. Learn more.


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