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National Patient Safety Fdn NEWS
February 2017



President's Corner

This month, Dr. Gandhi writes about new resources to help advance patient safety in primary care settings.

Read her column.

     Tejal K. Gandhi


New Health Literacy Education Module
NPSF is now offering a new educational module, Promoting Clear Health Communication with Ask Me 3, to aid health care professionals in helping patients increase their understanding of health care information.


Learn more and access the module and other materials.


NPSF and CRICO Tackle Referral Management
NPSF and CRICO are collaborating on a project to identify best practices for managing referrals using electronic health records (EHRs). Read the press release.

NPSF and ISQua Working to Promote Patient Safety at the International Level
The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) and the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) have established an agreement to jointly promote patient safety education and professional certification, enabling past and current participants of the ISQua Fellowship Programme to pursue the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) credential. Read the press release.

NPSF Joins Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH)
CPeH is a coalition of more than 50 consumer, patient, and labor organizations working to advance health information technology to meet the needs of patients and families. Learn more about the partnership.


Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement Open for Nominations
The Sherman Award, a partnership between, the National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute, and Taylor Healthcare, recognizes outstanding programs focused on engaging patients and families in care to improve patient safety and boost outcomes.

Nominations will be accepted through March 3. Get the official nomination form and full details.



Patient Safety Awareness Week Is March 12-18, 2017
Patient Safety Awareness Week, a highlight of the United for Patient Safety Campaign, is coming soon! It is a week dedicated to raising awareness about patient safety among health professionals and the public.


Patient Safety Awareness Week Twitter Chat: What Patients Want (and Need) to Know
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | 1:00-2:00 pm ET
Use the hashtag #PSAW17chat to join the conversation with @theNPSF and others.


Patient Safety Awareness Week Webcast:
The Voice of the Patient and the Public

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 2:00-3:00 pm ET
This complimentary webcast will focus on efforts to engage the public more actively in patient safety. Learn more and register.


See what else you can do to get involved.

From the P.S. Blog —

Making Quality and Safety a Priority in Health Care for Our Children


Our guest post this month comes from Richard J. Brilli, MD, FAAP, MCCM. He discusses important new developments in making care safer for infants and children. Read more.


Visit the blog home page for more.

Our Members in the News

ASPPS member Susan Carr recently authored this article featured in on patients’ communications skills. Read it here.

ASPPS member Dawn M. Evans, MSN, RN, PHN, CPPS, patient safety officer at Barton Memorial Hospital co-authored an article featured in the January 2017 issue of The Source by The Joint Commission on her organization’s efforts to increase capnography use. Here’s the abstract.

ASPPS member Michelle Feil, MSN, RN, CPPS, was featured in a January HealthLeaders Media article about focus zones and cross monitoring. Read the full article.


  Adrian White

Meet  Adrian White, RN, MBA, 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 January 2017. Find out who they are.

NPSF In the News

Improving the RCA process
The 2015 NPSF report, RCA2: Improving Root Cause Analyses and Actions to Prevent Harm, was recently mentioned in a perspective piece on PSNet which outlines each of the recommendations from the report.

Upcoming NPSF Events


Professional Learning Series Webcast

Sleep Deprivation, Health Care Providers, and Patient Safety
Monday, February 27 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET



Featured Speaker:

Christopher P. Landrigan, MD, MPH
Research Director, Inpatient Pediatrics Service, Boston Children’s Hospital
Director, Sleep and Patient Safety Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Learn more and register.



Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) Review Course
Friday, March 31, 2017 |10:00 am - 5:00 pm ET

This course is designed for experienced professionals who plan to take the CPPS examination. It can help participants prepare for the exam by reviewing domain content areas and test-taking strategies.


This course provides participants with the opportunity to:

  • Review in depth the patient safety domain content areas, following the exam content outline
  • Evaluate patient safety scenario examples similar to actual exam questions
  • Assess their own level of preparedness for the exam and address additional areas for self-study

Learn more and register.





19th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress
Wednesday, May 17–Friday, May 19, 2017, in Orlando, FL

This is the one and only globally relevant conference with a sole focus on patient safety. Visit the Congress website for more details.


Register online now and save $200. The Early Bird rate ends March 31, 2017.




To view all events, visit our online event calendar.

Patient Safety News & Resources


Request for Pilot Participation in New AHRQ Hospital Survey
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is looking for hospitals with at least 50 licensed beds and have implemented an electronic health record (EHR) system to participate in a pilot test, which involves administering the survey to providers and staff. Learn more here.


Free Learning Modules on Informed Consent
AHRQ has developed two e-learning modules for hospital leadership and other health care professionals. Note: Staff of organizations accredited by The Joint Commission may receive continuing education credit when accessing the modules through TJC’s online learning management system. Learn more.


Improving Medication Reconciliation
Two pharmacists, interviewed in a recent PSQH article, offer information for how to improve compliance and prevent negative patient outcomes.


Intentional Rounding to Prevent Patient Falls
A study in the Journal of Clinical Nursing showed a reduction in patient falls with the use of intentional rounding. See the results.


White Paper: A Framework for Safe, Reliable, and Effective Care
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has released a white paper which offers strategies to advance patient safety issues in areas, including leadership, teamwork, negotiation, transparency, reliability, improvement and measurement. Read the paper here.


MRSA Prevention Initiative
The results of an eight year Veterans Affairs MRSA Prevention initiative can be found in the American Journal of Infection Control. Full text article.


Risk of Infection with Endoscopes
A study published in the American Journal of Infection Control finds that current methods used to clean endoscopes for reuse are not consistently effective and suggests further tests and inspections are needed before endoscopes are used on other patients.


High Risk Drugs and Medication Errors
This study in the journal Applied Nursing Research finds high-risk medications more likely associated with errors.

Consumer Focus —
Electronic Health Records Infographic
Have you ever wondered about the history of medical records? Or, are you interested in where they are headed in the future? Check out this infographic.

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.

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