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 February 2015

President’s Corner

Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, discusses patient and family engagement as a means to improve health care safety. Read her column.



NPSF Announces Don Berwick and Kaveh Shojania as Co-Chairs of Expert Panel
Fifteen years after the IOM report To Err Is Human, NPSF convenes a roundtable to assess the state of the field and set a course for future progress. Read more

Studying Pneumonia in Hospitalized Patients
NPSF is providing oversight for a research project looking at the incidence of non-ventilator-associated health care acquired pneumonia. Read more.


Beyond Patient Centered: Patients as Partners
Representing the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, Tejal Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, and Susan Edgman-Levitan, PA, were guests on a recent Practicing Excellence podcast about patient and family engagement. Listen online or download it from the iTunes store.


NPSF DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses
This new award program will recognize nurses for their personal commitment to patient safety in the delivery of compassionate care to patients and families, and raise awareness of the significance of nursing care with respect to patient and workforce safety. Read more.


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

Dr. Landrigan

Professional Learning Series Webcast
Addressing Medical Errors Due to Miscommunication:
The I-Pass Program
February 25, 2015 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Register online. ASPPS members register for $20.
Not a member? Join today.

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



Patient Safety Awareness Week: March 8-14, 2015

This year’s theme is United in Safety and our focus is on patient and family engagement to make health care safer. Visit our website for tips on how to recognize the week within your organization, on social media, and in your community. View videos with tips for patients on how to stay safe. Download logos at no charge for use on your materials.

Patient Safety Awareness Week Webcast:
Patients and Families as Partners: United in Safety
March 12, 2015
| 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Learn more and register online


Shanon Fucik, Senior Director, Nursing, Patient Care Resources
DeeJo Miller, Family Centered Care Coordinator
Sheryl Chadwick, Family Centered Care Coordinator
Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics

Themed items sell out quickly, so pre-order materials for your staff and patients today at the NPSF Store.


NPSF gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation for Patient Safety Awareness Week 2015.



Certified Professional in Patient Safety Review Course
Friday, March 27, 2015
| 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST
This webinar is being offered to experienced patient safety professionals who plan to take the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) examination. The course can help participants prepare for the exam by reviewing domain content areas and test-taking strategies. 



17th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress
April 29-May 1, 2015
, in Austin, Texas

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

Register Online  |  Read more about the 2015 Congress.

We’ll have four compelling keynotes, 30 insightful breakouts, networking, simulations, and more. Make the most of your experience by signing up for one of six full-day Pre-Congress sessions. If you’ve never been to the NPSF Congress, check out this video for a flavor of the meeting.


Patient Safety News & Resources 

Health IT Safety Webinar Series
Advancing Health IT Safety and Quality through Interoperability
Thursday, February 19, 2015
| 1:00pm – 2:30pm Eastern Time
Attendance is free. Register online.
This is the third of a 10-part webinar series presented by RTI International and funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Resource of the Month: Global Patient Safety Alerts
Global Patient Safety Alerts is a publicly available, evidence-informed, online collection of patient safety alerts, advisories, and recommendations from 26 international organizations around the world. Recognized by the World Health Organization and its member countries, the collection contains more than 1,200 alerts and 6,100 recommendations from contributing organizations and serves as a centralized location for sharing and learning from patient safety incidents. Visit the site.

Infection Most Likely Cause of Hospital Readmission after Surgery
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that of nearly 500,000 operations studied, 6% of patients were readmitted for surgical complications within a month. Read a summary article from HealthDay. Read the free full text article in JAMA.

Hospitals Fail to Protect Nursing Staff from Becoming Patients
About how common it is for nurses, nursing assistants, and orderlies to suffer injury on the job. Read the story from NPR News.

Medication Errors: When the Pharmacy Is Closed
Read the advisory from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority.

Medical Errors in America
In collaboration with ProPublica, the online magazine Vox is doing a year-long series on medical error. Read the first article.

Physicians Blame Patient “Treadmill” for Missed Calls
Read the article in Modern Healthcare on diagnostic errors.


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