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November 2016

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President's Corner

Medication adherence is a major challenge in outpatient settings. In this month's column. Dr. Gandhi discusses why a multipronged approach is needed for improvement.


Read her column.

     Tejal K. Gandhi


Take the Healthcare Simulation Survey
We want to better understand your individual and organizational needs surrounding healthcare simulation. Please take our five-question survey. Deadline is November 23, 2016.



NPSF Patient Safety Congress:
Last Call for Posters
There are still a few days left! Don’t forget to submit an abstract for consideration by the Congress Planning Committee.


Learn more and submit your poster by November 18:


Tell Your Friends to Support the NPSF Mission
NPSF is asking you to share this post with anyone you know who is a military or federal employee.

Federal and Military employees can easily pledge to NPSF by visiting and choosing: National Patient Safety Foundation, #24411

From the P.S. Blog —


Five Ways to Take Action Against Antibiotic Resistance
Antibiotic resistance is among the most pressing threats to public health today, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This post offers five ways to take action.

 Marian Hoy


The Patient’s Voice in Action
“He thoughtfully used my own words, so as to not frighten me.”

This is Marian Hoy’s good news story.
Read more.

Visit the blog home page for more.


Our Members in the News


ASPPS member Susan Morris, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM, patient safety officer at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center in Idaho, discusses how St. Luke’s was able to improve their Leapfrog Hospital Safety ranking over the past few years. Read more here.


Member Chenel Trevellini, MSN, RN, CWOCN, presented her poster on the tracking and prevalence of incontinence associated skin damage at the NPUAP Research Symposium in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Member Linda Waddell, RN, MSN, CPPS, CJCP, co-authored this article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on performing the wrong procedure on a patient.


Go here to find more ASPPS member news and news about our Stand Up for Patient Safety members.

Certification News
Niki Griffith, patient safety officer at Pratt Regional Medical Center, was featured in this post in the Pratt Tribune for earning the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) credential.

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

 NPSF In the News


Safety Lessons From the NIH Clinical Center
A perspective piece by NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on lessons learned from recent events at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. Five Hospital


Practices That may Soon Look Outdated
A recent piece in STAT expands upon a presentation by Dana Siegal, RN, CPHRM, CPPS, director, patient safety services at CRICO Strategies, from the 9th Annual Lucian Leape Institute Forum & Keynote Dinner. What are the five practices? Read more.


New Focus on Hospital Errors Aims to Correct Problems
In this recent article in the Roanoke Times, Dr. Gandhi states that NPSF would like to see more research dollars going to ambulatory settings.


Dr. Tejal Gandhi Joins Aurora Health Care Board of Directors
Aurora Health Care has recently announced the appointment of Dr. Gandhi as one of two new board members to join 11 other health care leaders. Read more here.

Upcoming NPSF Events


Professional Learning Series Webcast
The Overlap between Organizational Contributions to Burnout and
Workplace Violence….  Is There Overlap of Solutions?
Wednesday, December 7 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET

   Michael Privitera


Featured Speaker:
Michael R. Privitera, MD, MS
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Rochester
Medical Director, Medical Faculty and Clinician Wellness Program
University of Rochester Medical Center
Chair, MSSNY Task Force on Physician Stress and Burnout


Learn more and register.

Want a discount on Professional Learning Series Webcasts? Join one of our membership programs. Details here.




To view all our events, visit our online event calendar.

Patient Safety News & Resources


Focus on Safe Use of Antibiotics —


November 14-20 Is Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is finally here! During this week, join the CDC in raising awareness about antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Can Hitch a Ride on Hospital Scrubs provides a summary of a study on the spread of germs in hospitals through bacteria on scrubs. Read it here.

Nursing Home Antimicrobial Stewardship Guide
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is offering research-based materials and step-by-step instructions for nursing homes in an effort to reduce harm associated with antibiotic use.


Applying Best Practices from Hospitals to the Ambulatory Care Setting
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a technical brief on evidence-based practices from hospitals that could be implemented in ambulatory care settings.

12 Hospitals Receive FDA Violations for Failing to Disclose Injuries
Kaiser Health News reported on 12 US hospitals who failed to report patient deaths or injuries linked to medical devices within the 10-day reporting period. Read more here.

Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2017
Download the ECRI Institute report for free to find out about technology hazards that could affect patients and what to do about it.

A Way to Improve Staff Vaccination Rates
Some hospitals in California found that rates in health care staff receiving the flu shot rose after instituting a mandate about protective masks. Take a look at the data.

Instruction Sheet Helps Patients Before Surgery
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) October press release details how instruction sheets can help patients take their regularly prescribed medications correctly before surgery. Find out more.

Consumer Focus —
Two Myths About the Flu Shot That People Should Stop Spreading
Are you confusing flu shot myths for facts? Read this post and find out.

Get Inspired —
    by the NPSF Health Care Safety Speakers

Patient safety leaders from the NPSF governing boards and the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute will provide inspiration to energize your next event. Find out who they are and how it works.

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