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December 2015




Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Fifteen Years after To Err Is Human

Last week NPSF released a new report informed by an expert panel convened earlier this year. The report assesses the state of the patient safety field and makes eight recommendations for achieving total systems safety and a safety culture. Read the press release or download the report or executive summary.
Read coverage in Modern Healthcare magazine.

President's Corner — Free from Harm

This month, NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi devotes her column to the major themes addressed in the new NPSF report. Read her column.

     Tejal K. Gandhi


Transparency Beyond the Front Lines
Writing in the current issue of Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare magazine, NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi discusses why greater openness among clinicians is needed to drive improvement in patient safety. Read it online.

Transparency Between Patients and Providers: A Necessary Step to Safer Care
From the November issue of Inside Medical Liability, this article from NPSF builds on the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute report on transparency released earlier this year.

Young Physicians Patient Safety Awards
Applications due by January 25, 2016
Conferred by The Doctors Company Foundation in Partnership with the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, these awards recognize young physicians for their personal insight into the importance of applying the principles of patient safety to reduce the incidence of medical error. Learn more.


John Q. Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement
Nomination period opens January 21, 2016
This award is conferred on behalf of and is sponsored by the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute and Standard Register Healthcare to elevate innovative work to advance patient and family engagement. Find out more.

From the P.S. Blog — 2015 Greatest Hits
In case you missed them, we share here links to two of this year’s most popular articles on the P.S. Blog —

How Risk Management and Patient Safety Intersect: Strategies for Making It Happen (March 2015).
Authors Jamie Leviton, MHA, CPHQ, and Jackie Valentine, MHA, RPh, give a case study of activity at Virginia Mason Health System. Read more

To Improve Patient Safety, Start with Avoiding Unnecessary Treatments (March 2015).
Author Shannon Brownlee, MS, gives patients five questions to ask clinicians when discussing treatment options. Read more.

Visit the blog home page for more.

Upcoming NPSF Events



18th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress
Monday May 23–Wednesday May 25, 2016
Scottsdale, Arizona

Registration is now open—


Join us at the one and only globally relevant conference with a sole focus on patient safety. This meeting offers inspiring keynote sessions with renowned thought leaders, hands-on educational breakout sessions led by get-it-done experts, and an engaging and interactive Learning & Simulation Center. Get the details and register.


Last Call for Posters
Submit Abstracts by Friday, December 18, 2015, at 11:59 pm ET
Abstracts are solicited for Research and Solutions poster presentations. Initiatives that cross or link stakeholder groups are encouraged. The deadline for submissions is. Learn more.


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.
We’ve reduced the cost of attendance to only $99 per session
beginning with the January 2016 program.


Emotional Harm from Disrespect
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 | 1:00–2:00pm ET


Featured Speaker
Ken Sands, MD, MPH
Chief Quality Officer and Senior VP, Health Care Quality
and other faculty from
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Learn more. Registration will open soon. 


Want a discount on Professional Learning Series webcasts? Join one of our membership programs. Stand Up for Patient Safety member organizations receive complimentary registration for their teams. Members of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety (ASPPS) may register for their individual participation at the member rate of only $20.


Communication and Resolution Leader Retreat
February 18–19, 2016 | Palo Alto, CA
Communication and Resolution Programs (CRPs) are an approach to handling adverse events that require health care organizations to provide open and transparent communication while prioritizing the needs of patients, families, and providers and ultimately improving patient safety within the organization. NPSF is co-sponsoring this two-day program with the Collaborative for Accountability and Improvement. Read more.  



Patient Safety Awareness Week: March 13–19, 2016
NPSF is reprising the theme of United in Safety. Save the date and check our website, as we will be updating resources soon.

Did you miss these recent events?


Certified Professional in Patient Safety Review Course
If you missed the live webinar we offered earlier this month, you can still learn at your own pace by registering for the replay now available online. This course can help participants prepare for the exam by reviewing domain content areas and test-taking strategies. Learn more


Patient Blood Management Through the Lens of Patient Safety
If you missed the complimentary webcast we offered in October on this topic featuring members of the expert panel that developed the new NPSF educational module, you can download the presentation slides and listen to the audio replay. Learn more

Patient Safety News, Resources, and Events


HHS Announces 17% Decline in Hospital Acquired Conditions, 2010–2013
Earlier this month, the US Department of Health and Human Services released a report of progress resulting from the Partnership for Patients initiative and Medicare payment incentives. Read the news release with links to the report.

Clinical Alarm Management Compendium
The AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation) Foundation recently released a toolkit designed to help health care organizations meet the National Patient Safety Goal on clinical alarms. Read more.

Draft Report on Patient Safety in Ambulatory Care Available for Comment
AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) has posted a draft technical brief on patient safety in ambulatory care settings. The draft is available for comment until December 30, 2015. Read more.

Toolkit for Reducing CAUTI in Hospitals
AHRQ has released a new toolkit that can help clinical teams reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). The toolkit was developed from the experience of more than 1,200 hospital units nationwide. It includes teaching tools and practical resources to help frontline clinicians at other facilities apply these proven methods. Learn more

HIMSS16 Annual Conference & Exhibition
February 29 – March 4, 2016
Sands Expo Convention Center | Las Vegas, NV

The Health Information Management Systems Society will bring together health care IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and vendors from around the world at its 2016 conference and expo. Learn more and register.


The IOM Report on Improving Diagnosis: New Concepts
Dr. Mark Graber, a member of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety at NPSF and a member of the IOM Committee that produced the report on improving diagnosis in September, writes in the current issue of Diagnosis that new concepts introduced by the report will help in future efforts to understand and improve diagnosis. Read more.

Consumer Focus
Nine Things All Hospital Patients Should Know
This article from the Connecticut Mirror provides helpful advice about questions to ask before hospitalization. 

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