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April 2016

President's Corner

This month, NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi writes about the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety and its first set of guidelines to improve the safe use of copy and paste functionality in health IT systems. Read her column.

     Tejal K. Gandhi



Opioids: What Do Health Professionals Want and Need to Know?
NPSF conducted a flash poll survey of 18,070 health care professionals to better understand opioid-related patient safety concerns, learning needs, and familiarity with existing seminal publications. The survey results are reported in the March/April issue of PSQH magazine. Read more.


NPSF 2014-2015 Progress Report
NPSF recently published a report summarizing activities over the past two years.
Download the report [PDF].

Make the Clinician Burnout Epidemic
a National Priority

Dr. Gandhi co-authored this piece, published this week in the Health Affairs Blog.
Read more.

Request for Proposals: Deadline May 4, 2016
ACGME Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments
NPSF is one of 20 organizations partnering with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education on an initiative to advance patient safety knowledge and practice among physicians in training and the health care workforce.


The Request for Proposal seeks sponsoring institutions willing to embark on a four-year journey of innovation within the clinical learning environment. All ACGME-accredited sponsoring institutions are eligible to apply. Up to eight will be selected to receive funding from the ACGME of up to $75,000 per year over four years, with the expectation that each will provide a 1:1 match of those funds. Learn more.

From the P.S. Blog —

   Kate Kovich
of Advocate Health

High Reliability at the Sharp End of Care
Read about how one health system is focus on engaging frontline staff and physicians in high-reliability principles and safety culture.

Workplace Violence in Health Care
The healing professions are at greater risk of experiencing violence in the workplace than most professions, but many are working to reduce the risk.

     Visit the blog home page for more.


Our Members in the News
Find out who published results of a controlled trial on simulation techniques to teach time-outs and others in the news. 

Certification News
Certified Professional in Patient Safety Review Course
May 23, 2016 | Scottsdale
An Immersion Workshop at the NPSF Patient Safety Congress in Scottsdale, this session is being offered to experienced patient safety professionals who plan to take the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) exam. This course can help participants prepare for the exam by reviewing domain content areas and test-taking strategies. Learn more.

Certification Board Announces March Certifications Awarded
NPSF congratulates all who achieved the CPPS credential during the month of March 2016. Find out who they are

NPSF In the News


Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential
NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi was named to the magazine’s 2016 list of the Most Influential Physician Executives. Dr. Gary Kaplan, chair of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, and Dr. Bob Wachter, a member of the Institute, are also on the list. Read more.

50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety
Becker’s Hospital Review list includes NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi, along with a number of others affiliated with NPSF. Read more.

Patient Safety Initiatives Are Everyone’s Business
Read this interview with Dr. Gandhi in Healthcare Facilities Management

5 Common Medical Mistakes to Avoid in the Hospital
Read this article from Consumer Reports

Upcoming NPSF Events


Professional Learning Series Webcasts
The NPSF Professional Learning Series offers the convenience of continuing education and peer-to-peer collaboration in an online learning environment.



Patient-Centered Fall Prevention
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern Time

Featured Speaker:
Patricia C. Dykes PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI
Sr. Nurse Scientist
Program Director, Center for Patient Safety Research
and Practice
Program Director, Center for Nursing Excellence
Brigham and Women's Hospital


In this webcast, Dr. Dykes will review the 3-step fall prevention process as well as strategies for engaging patients.

Register or learn more.



18th Annual
NPSF Patient Safety Congress

Monday, May 23–Wednesday, May 25
Westin Kierland | Scottsdale, Arizona

Check the list of Breakout Sessions and read about two of them here.

The annual NPSF Congress is the premier patient safety educational and networking event.
Get the details and register.


Can't make it to Scottsdale? Register for live streaming of the four keynote sessions. Learn more.

Related Event


ASHP Medication Safety Collaborative
June 11-15, 2016 | Baltimore, MD
NPSF is a partnering organization of the American Society of Healthsystem Pharmacists. At the 2016 Medication Safety Collaborative, participants will obtain continuing education opportunities, work collaboratively to envision a safer health care system, and engage with their peers to discover solutions. Learn more.

Patient Safety News & Resources

Have questions about patient safety?
Ask your peers on the NPSF online Forum. The Forum is an online feature where you can ask questions, share success stories or best practices, and keep up with your peers in patient safety. Anyone can read messages on the Forum. To post a question or to reply, you need to first register on the website. Learn more


Safer Healthcare: Strategies for the Real World
This book, co-authored by Charles Vincent and Rene Amalberti, sets out a system of safety strategies and interventions for managing patient safety on a day-to-day basis and improving safety over the long term. These strategies are applicable at all levels of the health care system from the front line to the regulation and governance of the system. This book is made available free of charge through the generous support of the Health Foundation. Prof. Vincent is a member of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute. Learn more and download.

AHRQ 2015 Chartbook on Patient Safety
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released the 2015 National Healthcare and Quality Disparities Report’s Chartbook on Patient Safety that shows improvements in patient safety. Learn more.

Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for 2016
Published by ECRI Institute, this guide is designed to help health care organizations focus their patient safety efforts. 

APIC Issues Free Resource to Prevent CLABSI
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) recently released a comprehensive update to the Guide to Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections, now available free for download.

John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards
Congratulations to Pascale Carayon, PhD, recipient of this year’s individual award, conferred by The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum. Dr. Carayon served on the expert panel that informed the recent NPSF report, Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement Fifteen Years after To Err Is Human. Read about all of the honorees. 

Identification and Prioritization of HIT Patient Safety Measures
Reporting on the work of an expert panel convened by the National Quality Forum, this publication identifies key considerations for recognizing, assessing, and monitoring safety issues associated with health information technology and outlines recommended courses of action to guide efforts in this area. Download the publication.

Patient Safety Is Not a Luxury
This editorial in the March issue of The Lancet discusses two reports released at the Patient Safety Global Action Summit held recently in London. 

Consumer Focus:
Seeking Doctor Information: A Survey and Ranking of State Medical and Osteopathic Board Websites in 2015
This report of the Informed Patient Institute, done in conjunction with Consumer Reports, evaluates what type of information is available to consumers on medical board websites nationwide. Download the report.

Thinking about membership?

NPSF offers membership programs — for individuals and organizations — that provide valuable benefits to help you stay on top of developments in patient safety, achieve your professional goals, and help grow or sustain your organization’s patient safety program. Learn how membership can help you.

Support the patient safety mission
Mother’s Day, graduations, weddings—as you consider your gifts, keep in mind that Amazon will donate a percentage of your total dollars spent to support NPSF and the patient safety mission. Use this link when shopping, And thank you!

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