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March 2016

President's Corner

NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi attended the Patient Safety Global Action Summit held earlier this month. In her most recent column, she shares her top takeaways from the meeting. Read more.

     Tejal K. Gandhi




Patient Safety Awareness Week: It’s a Wrap
More than 1,300 health professionals and consumers signed up to take our patient safety pledge during Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 13-19. The United for Patient Safety website remains up and you can continue to add to the discussion, share your activities, and keep us posted on your efforts.

Save the date: Patient Safety Awareness Week 2017 is March 12-18!

ABMS-NPSF Summit on Certification and Diagnostic Accuracy
The Summit on Certification and Diagnostic Accuracy, held in December 2015 and sponsored by the American Board of Medical Specialties and NPSF, explored the causes of diagnostic error; the competencies essential to quality patient care; and the ways that board certification, by engaging physicians in assessment and learning, can further reduce the risk of error. Download the summary report



Program Update: Ask Me 3® and Health Literacy Resources
NPSF recently made some changes to our health literacy program, Ask Me 3. You can now download ready-to-print posters and fliers in English and Spanish at no charge. Plus we provide an implementation guide, Words to Watch, and other health literacy resources. Learn more

Request for Proposals: ACGME Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments
NPSF is one of 20 organizations partnering with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education on this initiative, an important way to advance patient safety knowledge and practice among physicians in training and the health care workforce.

The Request for Proposal seeks sponsoring institutions willing to embark on a four-year journey of innovation within the clinical learning environment. All ACGME-accredited sponsoring institutions are eligible to apply. Up to eight will be selected to receive funding from the ACGME of up to $75,000 per year over four years, with the expectation that each will provide a 1:1 match of those funds.

If you missed the March 10 informational webinar about the Request for Proposal process, view the replay.

Certification News
NPSF congratulates all who achieved the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) credential during the past month. Find out who they are.

NPSF In the News


In case you missed any, we share recently published commentaries by NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi:


March 15: Patient Safety Is Public Health, CDC Safe Healthcare blog 
March 14: We All Have a Stake in Patient Safety, AHIP Coverage blog
March 10: A New Federal Agency to Oversee Patient Safety? The Health Care blog
March 7: Patient and Family Engagement to Improve Patient Safety, Beryl Institute blog
March 5: Efforts Targeting Entire Healthcare Continuum Are Needed to Prevent Patient Harm, Modern Healthcare

The Top Six Things Nurses Can Do to Improve Patient Safety
Patricia McGaffigan, RN, MSN, chief operating officer of NPSF, was interviewed for this story. Read it online.

Our Members in the News
Find out who gave a TEDx talk recently and learn about the activities of some members of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety at NPSF (read the March update).

The NPSF Stand Up for Patient Safety program recently welcomed new members. Find out who they are here.

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.

Complimentary Webcast
Implementing an Effective Communication and Resolution Program
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | 1:00–2:00 pm Eastern Time

Through an in-depth look at Communication and Resolution Programs (CRPs), the speakers will offer strategies that organizations can adopt to improve communication both internally and externally following an adverse event.
Register or learn more.


Featured Speakers:
Richard Boothman, JD

Chief Risk Officer
University of Michigan Health System

Kenneth Sands, MD
Chief Quality Officer
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Leilani Schweitzer
Assistant Vice President, Communication and Resolution
The Risk Authority at Stanford

The curriculum for this webcast is supported in part by a 2015 grant to NPSF from the Ullem Charitable Gift Fund.


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

The annual NPSF Congress is the premier patient safety educational and networking event.
Get the details and register.

Deadline extended:
Patient Registration Scholarships to Attend NPSF Congress
Know someone who would be interested in applying for the patient scholarship to attend the NPSF Congress? Download here and apply by March 28

Patient Safety News & Resources

CDC Vital Signs: Protecting Patients from Antibiotic Resistance
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new information regarding hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and antibiotic resistance. The CDC’s March Vital Signs report dives into the issue and provides data on the incidence and scope of the problem as well as prevention strategies.

Recommendations on the Safe Use of Copy and Paste
The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, a collaborative in which the National Patient Safety Foundation participates, recently announced the release of Safe Practice Recommendations for Copy and Paste at HIMSS16 in Las Vegas. The copy and paste work group, chaired by NPSF President and CEO Tejal Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, was composed of 40 leaders from participating organizations. Get the Health IT Safe Practices: Toolkit for the Safe Use of Copy and Paste

March Is Shared Decision Making Month
Shared decision making (SDM) is a collaborative process that allows patients and their providers to make health care decisions together, taking into account the best scientific evidence available, as well as the patient’s values and preferences. This recognition month is led by the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation. Learn more.

AHRQ Resource for Patient Safety News, Research, and Resources
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has merged AHRQ
PSNet (Patient Safety Network) and AHRQ WebM&M (Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web) to provide a one-stop shop for patient safety news, research, and expert commentary. PSNet now combines all the features of and content from both sites, including PSNet weekly updates, WebM&M Cases and Commentaries, Perspectives on Safety, Patient Safety Primers, and more.

A New Framework for Safety in Ambulatory Care
If you missed the March 10 WIHI discussion, you can listen to the replay on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement website.

Floridians: Patient Safety Leadership Academy
The Florida Society for Healthcare Risk Management & Patient Safety is accepting applications from Patient Safety Officers (who reside in Florida) for a scholarship to attend the FSHRMPS Patient Safety Leadership Academy. Learn more or apply.

Healthcare Industry Giants Pledge to Ease Interoperability, EHR Use
Read this summary article in Modern Healthcare.

Consumer Focus
What You Can Do to Be a Safe Patient
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides resources and information that patients and families can use to protect themselves against health care-acquired infections. 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.


Patient Blood Management Through the Lens of Patient Safety
e-Learning Educational Module from NPSF

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Support the patient safety mission

Membership dues and educational program fees cover only a portion of the expenses required to pursue the National Patient Safety Foundation’s mission. As a not-for-profit organization, NPSF is especially grateful to generous donors whose gifts help support our programs, research, and outreach. Please consider a tax deductible donation to further support NPSF. Learn more.

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