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May 2016

President's Corner

This month, NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi writes about a new study estimating the toll of medical errors and what it tells us about the need for better measures of patient safety.

Read her column.

     Tejal K. Gandhi


We've Moved!
After months of preparation, NPSF has found its way to a new home.
Effective May 9, 2016, our new mailing address is:

National Patient Safety Foundation
280 Summer St., 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

  Rachel Whittaker
2016 Individual
Award honoree


The NPSF-DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses: 2016 Honorees
NPSF and the DAISY Foundation will honor one exceptional nurse and one team of nurses at the NPSF Patient Safety Congress in Arizona this year. Read about the honorees.


Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Awards
NPSF presents its annual award to recognize the outstanding achievements of selected Stand Up for Patient Safety program members. Find out which two teams won this year for their work in successfully implementing patient safety initiatives.

From the P.S. Blog —


When Behavior Undermines Safety
A Breakout Session at the NPSF Patient Safety Congress will detail a systematic method for addressing colleague reports of unprofessional behavior. Get a preview here.


A Celebration of National Nurses Week
How was your Nurses Week? This post highlights the roles of nu
rses in creating a culture of safety and discusses how essential they are in advancing the NPSF mission.

Visit the blog home page for more.


Our Members in the News
Learn about our new Member Spotlight series and meet lifetime member Paul Epner, who is working to improve diagnosis.

Certified Professional in Patient Safety Review Course
May 23, 2016 | Scottsdale
An Immersion Workshop at the NPSF Patient Safety Congress in Scottsdale, this session is being offered to experienced patient safety professionals who plan to take the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) exam. This course can help participants prepare for the exam by reviewing domain content areas and test-taking strategies. Learn more.

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

NPSF In the News


What can be done to control what new study identified as third leading cause of death?
NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi joined Dr. Martin Makary, lead author of a new study, and Missy Danforth of the Leapfrog Group in discussing medical error. Listen to the replay on KPCC Radio.


The Third Biggest Killer in the Nation? Medical Errors
Dr. Tejal Gandhi discussed the newest study of medical errors on local Boston PBS news program. Watch the replay.

Patient Safety at the Crossroads
This viewpoint in the Journal of the American Medical Association, co-authored by Drs. Tejal Gandhi, Don Berwick, and Kaveh Shojania, discusses the need for total systems safety and a safety culture, addressing themes of the recent NPSF report, Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement Fifteen Years after To Err Is Human. Abstract available; full text requires subscription.

   Patricia McGaffigan


NPSF Chief Operating Officer Joins MITSS Board
Patricia McGaffigan, RN, MS,
senior vice president and chief operating officer at NPSF, recently joined the Board of Directors of Medically Induced Trauma Support Services. Read about all the new board members here.

Health Care Professionals Receive Patient Safety Scholarships
The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative has awarded several individuals a year-long scholarship to participate in the NPSF Patient Safety Immersion Initiative as a professional development opportunity. Read more.

Begins Monday--





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

Get the details and register.

Get a preview of some of the Congress content on the P.S. Blog and join the NPSF Congress conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #NPSF18.

Can't make it to Scottsdale?
Register for live streaming of the four keynote sessions. Learn more about our Keynote Speaker Series.

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
Healthcare 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.

Get details or register.


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.

Patient Safety News & Resources

  Clean Hands Count


CDC: Clean Hands Count Campaign
On May 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched its #CleanHandsCount campaign to promote hand hygiene and empower patients to remind their health care providers to clean their hands before any provider-to-patient contact.


Read more about the campaign and get resources for health professionals and patients.

The Potential in Patient Shadowing
Published in the BMJ Quality & Safety, this study discusses the role of patient shadowing on patient-centered care.

Journal of Nursing Care Quality: Disruptive Behaviors
Read about how disruptive behaviors of clinicians in health care settings can affect the safety of patients.

Talking with Older Patients
From the National Institute on Aging, this guide offers practical tips to help health care providers achieve meaningful and effective communication with older patients. This booklet builds on best-practices and offers specific strategies for engaging and supporting seniors. Learn more.

AHRQ: Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture
This report is now available for download. It contains data and comparisons of 680 hospitals.

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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