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January 2016

President's Corner

This month, NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi writes about the importance of leadership in promoting a culture of safety. Read her column.

Also, in case you missed it, read Dr. Gandhi’s year-end post, Five Notable Developments in Patient Safety in 2015.

     Tejal K. Gandhi



How HR Can Promote a Safety Culture
Read the interview with Dr. Gandhi on the HealthLeaders Media website.

Creating a Safety Culture Playbook for Health Care Leaders
Building on one of the recommendations of the NPSF report Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement Fifteen Years after To Err Is Human, the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute and the American College of Healthcare Executives have announced a collaborative effort to create practical strategies and tactics for health care leaders to use in creating a culture of safety. Read more.


John Q. Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement
Nomination period ends March 11, 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 —
In Case You Missed It: 2015 NPSF Highlights

    If you’re like us, you rang in the new year before you had quite finished with the old. If you missed any of our complimentary programs or reports from last year, read this post for a concise summary and links.

Visit the blog home page for more.

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.

Registration for our next webcast is complimentary.


Evaluation of Perioperative Medication Errors and
Adverse Drug Events

Thursday, February 25, 2016 | 2:00–3:00pm Eastern Time

Featured Speaker
Karen C. Nanji, MD, MPH
Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Nanji, lead investigator of a recent study on this topic, will discuss her team’s findings. Read the paper published in Anesthesiology.

Register now.


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.


Certified Professional in Patient Safety Review Course
Friday, March 11, 2016 | 10:00 am–5:00 pm Eastern Time
The CPPS Review Course is designed for experienced patient safety professionals who plan to take the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) examination. This course can help participants prepare for the exam by reviewing domain content areas and test-taking strategies. The live webinar format allows for Q&A with the faculty and a shared learning environment.


Featured Faculty

Mark Jarrett, MD, MBA, CPPS, Sr. Vice President & Chief Quality Officer, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Northwell Health (Formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System) and Professor of Medicine, Hofstra - Northwell Health School of Medicine (Formerly Hofstra - North Shore LIJ School of Medicine)

Judy Milne, MSN, CPHQ, CPPS, Patient Safety Officer, Duke University Hospital

Dot Snow, MPH, CPPS, CHIE, Director, Resource Stewardship, Kaiser Permanente

Learn more and register.


Note: Those who attend the CPPS Review Course Webinar will receive a $25 US rebate off the cost of the certification exam when taken within six months.

Already certified? This program is approved for six (6) contact hours toward the fulfillment of the requirements of CPPS recertification. 


Patient Safety Awareness Week:
March 13–19, 2016

Our theme this year is United for Patient Safety. Watch for an important announcement next week about how you can get involved in our new campaign.




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

Registration is open —
Save $200 with Early Bird Registration
by March 18

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.

Patient Safety News & Resources


National Patient ID Challenge
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has launched a global competition to encourage innovators to develop a viable solution to patient matching in electronic medical records. Get details or watch the news conference of the announcement.

New Patient Mistakenly Checked in as Another
Read the case and commentary from WebM&M on PSNet, 

Top Concerns for Health Care in 2016
According to this Modern Healthcare article, diagnostic errors, measurement top the list.

AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators: Case Studies Published
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently published case studies of organizations that have used the AHRQ QI™ program to improve patient safety. Learn more.

How Measurement Fails Doctors and Teachers

Read this op-ed in the New York Times, as Dr. Bob Wachter, a member of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, argues that measurement efforts have gone awry.

Better Responses to Hospital Alarms
This month marks The Joint Commission’s deadline for hospitals to have in place alarm safety programs and procedures. Read a Wall Street Journal article on this. 

Hospitals Required to Keep Caregivers in the Loop
A new California law requires hospital staffers to involve a family caregiver during the hospitalization and discharge process. Read the story from Kaiser Health News.

Massachusetts Takes Action on Concurrent Surgery
Surgeons will be required to document when they enter and leave operating rooms. Read the Boston Globe story.

Consumer Focus
Medication Errors
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), nearly one-third of adults take 5 or more medications. Medication errors are among the most common errors reported. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) manages a website for consumers,, which provides information about medication safety. The website includes a portal through which consumers can report actual or suspected medication errors.

NPSF Health Care Safety Speakers
As you make plans for your 2016 programs, don’t forget the NPSF Health Care Safety Speakers. Engage visionaries from the NPSF Boards and the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute to provide insight, inspiration, and knowledge to your event, retreat, executive session, or conference. Learn more.


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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