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November 2014 

President’s Corner

Health care has long been known as one of the most dangerous sectors of the US workforce. This month, NPSF President Dr. Tejal Gandhi writes about workforce safety as a precondition to patient safety. Read the column.


NPSF Unveils New Website
Last month, NPSF introduced our new website with an array of features. If you have not had a chance to visit yet, do so soon, Register on the site to participate in the
online Forums.

Patient Safety Is Not Elective
Should clinicians and staff be penalized for not following a known safety protocol? At the 2014 NPSF Patient Safety Congress, Drs. Bob Wachter and Gregg Meyer debated the issue of personal accountability for patient safety lapses. Read the abstract of a summary article in BMJ Quality & SafetyClick here to view a video of the session on our website.

Member Benefits Spotlight
Between now and December 31, 2014, members of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety (ASPPS) can purchase the NPSF Online Patient Safety Curriculum for just $174. That's $25 less than the usual member price. Join today. 

I-PASS and Communication in Medical Errors
NPSF President Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, was among the panelists discussing the I-PASS study and patient safety on Forum, a program of KQED public radio (San Francisco). Listen to the replay on the KQED website. Read the abstract of the study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

From the P.S. Blog
In a guest post, Dr. Ana Pujols McKee, executive vice president and chief medical officer, The Joint Commission, discusses TJC’s new patient safety chapter.

Christiana Care Names Next CEO
Dr. Janice Nevin has been chosen to lead the Delaware-based health system. Christiana Care is a member of the NPSF Stand Up for Patient Safety program. Read more.

Upcoming Events

NPSF Patient Safety Congress – Call for Posters
Submit poster abstracts by December 19, 2014
Abstracts are solicited for both Research and Solutions poster presentations. Initiatives that cross or link stakeholder groups are encouraged.

Save the Date
The NPSF Congress will be held April 29-May 1, 2015 in Austin, TX. Early-bird registration opens in mid-December,

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.


Patient Safety News & Resources 

NPSF Health Care Safety Speakers
Are you making plans for your 2015 programs? Don’t forget that NPSF provides opportunities for organizations to engage leaders from the NPSF Boards and the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute to speak at events, retreats, executive sessions, or conferences. Learn more.

The Do No Harm Project Competition
Sponsored by the Lown Institute, this award program seeks “clinical vignettes written by trainees that describe harm or near harm caused by medical overuse.” The deadline to apply is January 7, 2015. Learn more.

November Is Family Caregiver Month
In the US, 39% of adults are caring for a loved one who is sick, disabled, or experiencing frailties of old age. Read more from the Caregiver Action Network.

Study Finds Hospital Workers Wash Hands Less at End of Shift
University of Pennsylvania researchers published their work in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Read a summary from HealthDay.

Explaining Your Science – Tips for Clear Communication
Are you preparing a poster presentation? Writing a grant application? Or just trying to explain to your family what it is you do? Read this blog post from the National Institute on Aging for tips on using clear communication.

Team-Based Approach Cuts Alarm Fatigue by 80 Percent
Read a summary of the research done at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.


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