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October 2015

President's Corner —
Health Literacy: A Key to Improving Patient Safety

This month, NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi reflects on Health Literacy Month (October) and how simple practices can make a difference. Read her column.

       Tejal K. Gandhi



NPSF Releases Patient Blood Management Educational Module
Addressing the need for greater understanding of the safe use of blood products, the NPSF recently released an online resource to educate health professionals about the practice of patient blood management. Patient Blood Management through the Lens of Patient Safety is accredited for continuing education and continuing medical education credits. Read more.

Complimentary Webcast
NPSF is offering a webcast on this topic featuring
members of the expert panel that developed the module content.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 | 4:00-5:00 pm ET
Register or learn more.


Right Care Action Week
NPSF is a proud supporter of Right Care Action Week, October 18-24. Led by the Lown Institute, this recognition week encourages all to learn about overuse and underuse of health care services. Learn more.

Save the Date —
Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 13-19, 2016. NPSF is reprising the theme of United in Safety. Check our website, as we will be updating resources soon.

From the P.S. Blog —

Leadership, Culture, and Patient Experience Take Center Stage
The 8th Annual NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Forum & Keynote Dinner touched upon issues that are the keys to moving the patient safety agenda forward. Read our recap.

Need a Gameplan for Patient Safety Initiatives?
A group of researchers has compiled the Healthcare Adventures Graphic Gameplan Facilitator’s Guide to help quality improvement and patient safety teams get input from leadership and the front lines. Read our interview with them.

Upcoming Events


Certified Professional in Patient Safety Review Course Webinar
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | 10:00 am–5:00 pm Eastern Time

By popular demand, we are holding another webinar for those who missed the September session. This course is offered to experienced patient safety professionals who plan to take the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) examination. Find out more or register.

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

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.


Save the Date —
Shared Decision Making and Patient Safety
Wednesday, December 2 | 1:00–2:00 pm ET


Featured Speaker:
Benjamin W. Moulton, JD, MPH
Senior Vice President
Informed Medical Decisions Foundation


Registration opens soon. Please check back here.

Want a discount on webcast registration? 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


Institute of Medicine Report: Improving Diagnosis in Health Care
The Institute of Medicine released a consensus study last month that addresses the issue of diagnostic error and proposes detailed recommendations about how to improve diagnosis. The report is available for free download.

Let’s Get a Second Opinion: On Diagnostic Error
Dr. Mark Graber, founder of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, ASPPS member, and member of the IOM panel that produced the new report, authored this commentary in the Huffington Post.

Paul Epner, executive vice president of SIDM, chair of the newly formed Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, and a lifetime ASPPS member, was interviewed about the new report. Read the Washington Post story.


New Guidance on EHR Usability and Patient Safety Risks
The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently issued a report citing major critical risk areas in electronic health records, including data identification, data consistency, and data integrity. Read a summary news article with links to the report

Preventing Falls and Fall-Related Injuries
The Joint Commission recently issued a Sentinel Event Alert regarding falls in health care facilities. Read more.


Second Victim Support: Implications for Patient Safety Attitudes and Perceptions
Read this article in the current issue of PSQH magazine.


Mandatory Flu Vaccines Work, but Can Raise Issues for Workers
Read the article from ACP Hospitalist.

Canadian Patient Safety Week: October 26-30
Canadian Patient Safety Week is a time to highlight and celebrate the great work being done across the country in patient safety. Visit the Canadian Patient Safety Institute website to learn more about the week’s activities and resources.

Consumer Focus
International Infection Prevention Week is this week, October 18-24. Check the APIC website for information and resources for health professionals and consumers.

Have questions about patient safety?
Ask your peers on the NPSF online Forum. The Forum is our new 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 message or to reply, you need to first register on the website. Learn more

Prizes, Awards, Fellowships


Hearst Health Prize Announced
Nominations due by October 23, 2015
Awarded by Hearst Health, a division of Hearst Corporation, and the Jefferson College of Population Health of Thomas Jefferson University, this award will be given in recognition of an organization’s or individual’s outstanding achievement in managing or improving wellness. The deadline for nominations is October 23. Get the details

Kaiser Permanente Patient Safety Fellowship
Applications due by November 6, 2015
The Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KP) Patient Safety Fellowship is a one-year program offered by the Regional Graduate Medical Education Office and Regional Quality and Safety Leadership, and may be located at any number of KP medical centers. Learn more on the KP website.

Young Physicians Patient Safety Awards
Applications due by January 25, 2016
Conferred by The Doctors Company Foundation in Partnership with the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, these awards recognize young physicians for their personal insight into the importance of applying the principles of patient safety to reduce the incidence of medical error. 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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