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June 2016

 NPSF News


President's Corner

Teaming, partnership, and communication as keys to patient safety were among Dr. Tejal Gandhi’s top takeaways from the 18th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress held last month.


Read her column.

     Tejal K. Gandhi


News from the NPSF Patient Safety Congress


 We were pleased to welcome all of you who joined us in Scottsdale for the 18th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress. In case you missed it, check out all of the tweets from this year’s Congress.


Save the Date
The 19th Annual NPSF Congress will take place May 17-19, 2017, in Orlando, Florida.


Attendees —
We want to hear from you. Please take our Congress survey by June 25 at midnight ET for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. We truly value your feedback and review it carefully to make improvements to the program each year.

NOTE: The deadline for requesting CE and CME credits is June 25. There will be no exceptions or deadline extensions. Requesting CE/CME is a two-step process that requires the completion of the sign-in form and also completing the online survey, which can be found on the sign-in form. Find out more.



Transforming Health Care
At the Congress, the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute released Transforming Health Care, a compendium of reports to guide the future advances in patient safety. Download the compendium.


5 Areas for Improving Patient Safety
Find out from H&HN what leaders say about the Lucian Leape Institute’s compendium of reports.


Awards at Congress’s John Q. Sherman Award, conferred by Taylor Healthcare and the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, honored Iora Health and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for excellence in patient engagement. Read more.


   Left to right: Dr. Gregg Meyer, chair, NPSF Board
of Directors; Susan Noaker and Pat Schlagel,
Fairview Health Services; and
NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi

The Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Awards recognized two member organizations, U.S. Naval Hospital, Guam, and Fairview Health Services for outstanding patient safety initiatives. Read more.

The NPSF DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses honored one individual, Rachel Whittaker, BSN, RN, CPN of Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, and one team, the Clinical Informatics Council of the University of New Mexico Hospitals in Albuquerque. Read more.

Poster Awards at Congress
Prior to the closing keynote with Kaveh Shojania, MD, Greg Meyer, MD,
chair of the NPSF board of directors, announced this year’s poster awards. Read about those chosen for recognition.

Raffle Winners
Congratulations to our 2016 Congress raffle winners. See who they are and what they won.

8 Ways to Improve Hospital Patient Safety
Read coverage of a Congress breakout session in H&HN


Couldn't make it to Scottsdale?
Sign up for our Virtual Keynote Series and earn continuing education credits at your desk.

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Our Members in the News
Find out who published results of a study on IV push medication preferences among critical care nurses.

Certification News
NPSF congratulates all who achieved the CPPS credential during the month of May 2016. Find out who they are.

From the P.S. Blog —

What does National Safety Month mean to you?
Read about how the National Patient Safety Foundation encourages patients and families to ask the critical health care questions and get involved in their care.

Visit the blog home page for more.

NPSF In the News


Working to Exhaustion
NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi and COO and Senior Vice President Patricia McGaffigan collaborated on a piece published in STAT on how long shifts affect both patients and residents.

From the Top: How to Make Your Organization a Safer Place
NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi spoke with John M. Buell of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) to discuss how health care executives can make their organizations safer. Listen now.

Complimentary Webinar with NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi
Dr. Gandhi recently presented a webinar on Reducing Error using Information System. Listen to the replay.

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.


Using a Patient Safety Organization to Build an Even Safer
Health Care System

Thursday, June 23, 2016 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern Time


Featured Speakers:
Peggy Binzer

Executive Director
Alliance for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety


Lisa Mead
Executive Director
Strategic Radiology Patient Safety Organization


This webcast explains how the Patient Safety Evaluation System (PSES) can be used as a tool to help maximize integration and patient care.
Register or learn more

Medical Errors at the End of Life and Strategies for Improving
Patient-Provider Communication

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern Time


Featured Speaker:
Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP
Center to Advance Palliative Care


The focus of this webcast will be on failure to recognize patient preference at the end of life as a medical error and best practices for improving patient/provider communication.
Register or learn more.



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.


Save the Date
NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Forum & Keynote Dinner
Thursday, September 15, 2016 | Boston, MA


Afternoon Forum Featured Speaker:
Charles Vincent, MPhil, PhD
Emeritus Professor, Clinical Safety Research
Imperial College, London

Dinner Keynote Speaker:
Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
American Nurses Association


Learn more about attending or supporting this event.

Certified Professional in Patient Safety Review Course Webinar Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern Time

This course is open to experienced patient safety professionals who plan to take the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) examination. This program is approved for six (6) contact hours toward the fulfillment of the requirements of CPPS recertification. Read details or register.


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.

AHRQ: Online Toolkit for Open Communication
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has a new online toolkit that aims to help hospitals and clinicians implement patient and family communication programs in cases of patient harm.

NFQ and CDC: Safe Use of Antibiotics
The National Quality Forum (NFQ) and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released A Practical Playbook with systematic strategies and approaches for managing the use of antibiotics.

What’s Alarming about Alarm Fatigue?
Read a commentary from the AHRQ on safety hazards resulting from alarm fatigue.

New Study on Reduction of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract
Infections (CAUTIs)
Take a look at the data on how using a Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP) can help reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs). The study, funded by AHRQ, reports positive results from the program in US hospitals.

Patient Engagement Playbook
Here’s a tool from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology. The playbook includes four chapters on patient portal implementation.

Consumer Focus:
Check out the Up and Away program on safe medicine storage at You can also join the conversation at #MedsUpAway and #Safe4Life.

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.

Help support the patient safety mission
Holidays, 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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