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 March 2015

   Tejal K. Gandhi

President’s Corner

When it comes to patient and family engagement in health care, it’s okay to start small. But it’s important to start. Read the column by Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS.


NPSF Collaborates on Health IT Safety
The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, a collaborative multistakeholder group convened by ECRI Institute, has issued proceedings from its first meeting. Read more.

Patient Safety Awareness Week Recap
NPSF marked a very successful Patient Safety Awareness Week. Thank you to all who took part. If you missed out on any activities, you can still visit the website ( to download educational resources, view presentation slides of our webcast on patient and family engagement, or review the social media posts from the week. Please take a moment to complete our Patient Safety Awareness Week survey and help us in planning for 2016.

From the P.S. Blog
To Improve Patient Safety, Avoid Unnecessary Treatments
Read the guest post by Shannon Brownlee, MS, executive director, Lown Institute. 


Upcoming Events

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. Learn more about this course or register.


Professional Learning Series Webcast — Save the Date

April 16, 2015 | 2:00-3:00pm ET
Topic: Medication Reconciliation Best Practices
Speaker: Jeffrey L. Schnipper, MD, MPH, FHM
   Director of Clinical Research, BWH Hospitalist Service
   Associate Physician, Division of General Medicine
   Brigham and Women's Hospital
   Co-Chair, Partners Clinical Performance: Transitions in Care
   Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School



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


Final call for Early Bird registration: Save $200 if you register by 11:59pm EDT today, March 17.

Register Online  |  Read more about the 2015 Congress.

The NPSF Congress is the only meeting with a global reach and a singular focus on patient safety.

This year’s program features four compelling keynotes by thought leaders, 30 insightful breakouts in six tracks, networking, simulations, and more. Make the most of your experience by signing up for one of five full-day Pre-Congress sessions that cover important topics in depth.

Members of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety and the Stand Up for Patient Safety program at NPSF may register at discounted member rates. Log in to the member pages of for details.


Patient Safety News & Resources 

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

March Is Shared Decision Making Month
Learn more from the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation.

2014 Eisenberg Awards Announced
The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum recently announced the recipients of the 2014 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards.

Read more.


Winners Announced: Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely Challenge
Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a founding member of the NPSF Stand Up for Patient Safety program, was among the winners announced recently by Costs of Care and the ABIM Foundation. Read more.

AHRQ Funding Opportunity for Patient Safety Research
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking grant proposals to expand the scientific evidence, strategies, and tools available for improving safety in ambulatory and/or long term care settings. Submissions are due by April 27, 2015, and can be accepted as early as March 27. The project period may not exceed three years. See details.

At VA Hospitals, Training and Technology Reduce Nurses’ Injuries
This article from NPR News is part of a series on workforce safety in health care. 

Calls for Superbug Reporting Rules Increase Amid Outbreaks
Read the story from California Healthline

Consumer Focus:
This FDA program is a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of buying prescription medicines from fake online pharmacies. This campaign provides the resources to help consumers know the risks, recognize warning signs, and find a safe online pharmacy. Learn more.


Thinking about membership?
NPSF offers membership programs for individuals and organizations that provide valuable benefits to help you advance patient safety, achieve your professional goals, and help grow or sustain your organization’s patient safety program. Learn more about membership.

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