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December 2016

Take a look at our year-end blog post with 12 special NPSF moments
you may have missed this year.


President's Corner

Dr. Gandhi talks about notable developments in patient safety this year that reflect recommendations presented in the NPSF report Free from Harm.

Read her column.

     Tejal K. Gandhi


Patient Safety Awareness Week Is March 12-18, 2017
There are lots of ways to get involved in the months leading up to Patient Safety Awareness Week, a highlight of the United for Patient Safety Campaign.


Here’s how:
  -  Download Free Campaign Materials
  -  Visit the Online Store
  -  Help Us Spread Awareness by Donating to the Cause
  -  Join the Discussion
  -  Share Your Plans

NPSF salutes Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals for their generous support of the 2017 Patient Safety Awareness Week activities.

NPSF Launches Career Center
We are excited to introduce the new NPSF Career Center. We are bringing together job seekers and hiring organizations who share our vision of creating a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. Visit the Career Center.


19th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress Is May 17-19, 2017
Join us in Orlando, Florida, at the one and only globally relevant conference with a sole focus on patient safety. Visit the Congress website to learn more.
Register online now and you’ll save $200.

Continuing Education Credit Opportunities
Looking for last-minute continuing education credits before the year is over? The 2016 NPSF Patient Safety Congress Keynote Speaker presentations have been discounted to $29 each. Each session earns one credit. Learn more.

NPSF Welcomes New Stand Up Members
The National Patient Safety Foundation is pleased to welcome five new members who recently joined our Stand Up for Patient Safety organizational membership program. Read about them here.


From the P.S. Blog —

Addressing Workplace Violence in Health Care
Ann Scott Blouin, PhD, RN, FACHE, NPSF Board of Directors, lifetime member of ASPPS, wrote a guest post this month discussing workplace violence and the Joint Commission’s virtual workforce violence resource center. Read it here.

Visit the blog home page for more.


Our Members in the News
Daniel L. Cohen, MD, FRCPCH, FAAP, published an article in Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare, “Unraveling Diagnostic Error: Delving Deeply to Identify Hidden Human Factors.”

  Sheri Herner


Meet Sheri Herner, PharmD, CPPS, the ASPPS member featured this month in our latest Member Spotlight series blog post.

Go here to find more ASPPS member news.


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

NPSF In the News


Profile of Dr. Tejal Gandhi
NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi was recently interviewed by Medical Training magazine on workforce safety, top patient safety challenges, simulation, and more. Read the full interview.


A Conversation on Root Cause Analysis
James P. Bagian, MD, PE, NPSF Board of Advisors, spoke with Robert M. Wachter, MD, member of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, about the NPSF report RCA2: Improving Root Cause Analyses and Actions to Prevent Harm and the key recommendations in the report. Listen or read here.

Upcoming NPSF Events


Two-Part Webinar Series
Ways to Improve the Effectiveness and Impact of Health Information Technology on Patient Safety and Quality and the Value of Health IT
Part 2: Organizational Best Practices for Optimizing Health IT
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | 2:00 pm ET


Featured Speaker:
Amy Feaster
Vice President of Information Technology, Centura Health


This complimentary webinar series is jointly sponsored by the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and NPSF. Learn more and register.



To view all our events, visit our online event calendar.

Patient Safety News & Resources


National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative
NPSF is supporting the National Academy of Medicine's collaborative of organizations working to help promote clinician well-being and resilience. Every year in the United States, 400 physicians take their own lives — a rate more than double that of the general population. In response to these alarming rates of burnout, depression, and suicide among U.S. health care workers, the National Academy of Medicine is launching an action collaborative. Read more here.

6 Patient Safety New Year's Resolutions
A Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) article discusses six patient safety items that Derek Feeley, IHI president and CEO, believes we should tackle in 2017. Find out what they are.
HIMSS17 Annual Conference & Exhibition
February 19–23, 2017, in Orlando, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society brings together health IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and vendors from around the world. More than 300 education programs feature keynotes, thought leader sessions, roundtable discussions and workshops, plus a full day of preconference symposia.
Patient Safety Efforts Save Lives
A recently released report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides evidence that “125,000 fewer patients died due to hospital-acquired conditions and more than $28 billion in health care costs were saved from 2010 through 2015.” See the AHRQ press release for more.
Bar Code Rx Administration Compliance Rolling Out Slowly
Health Leaders Media reports on efforts by the Leapfrog Group to collect data on the use of barcodes for drug administration in hospitals. Take a look at the preliminary results.
Zero Tolerance for Deadly Hospital-Acquired Infections
Consumer Reports takes on hospital-acquired infections in this piece which includes lists of the lowest and highest performing teaching hospitals in the U.S.
ASHP Publishes Controlled Substances Diversion Prevention Guidelines
The American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHP) has released guidelines to help health care organizations improve the management of controlled substances. Download the guidelines.
3 Ways to Incorporate Patient Preferences into Healthcare
PatientEngagementHIT offers three ways to incorporate patients into their care including surveys, patient advisory boards, and tips for meeting patient expectations. Read more.
Principles of Quality and Patient Safety Don't Change Under a Trump Administration
Take a look at this video interview from Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) with Don Berwick on the future of patient safety.
Senate Committee Calls For Ban on Surgeons Conducting Simultaneous Operations
The Boston Globe reports on a recent Finance Committee report that urges hospitals to prohibit concurrent surgeries. Read more.
Prevalence of Depression, Depressive Symptoms, and Suicidal Ideation among Medical Students
A study published in JAMA asks the question “Are medical students at high risk for depression and suicidal ideation”? Read about the results.


Consumer Focus —
What to Expect When Your Loved One Is in the ICU
U.S. News & World Report answers common questions like "Why intensive care?" and "Can I give them a hug?" along with tips for what to expect and how to communicate with health care staff in the ICU. Read more.

Thinking about membership?
As 2017 fast approaches, joining one of our programs would be a great way to jump start the New Year. 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.

Help support the patient safety mission
As you consider your gifts for this holiday season, 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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