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October 2016

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President's Corner

This month, Dr. Gandhi writes about the importance of improving care in all settings, including ambulatory and home care.

Read her column.

     Tejal K. Gandhi


Thanks to everyone who took our recent Communications Survey. We appreciate your insights. Congratulations to Mary Alice Wise of Trinity Health, who is the winner of our random drawing for an Amazon gift card.



NPSF Congress — Call for Posters
We need you to help make next year’s 19th Annual Patient Safety Congress even better than the last. NPSF invites you to submit an abstract for consideration by the Congress Planning Committee.


Learn more and submit your poster.
Submission Deadline: Friday, November 18, 2016


Pledge to Support the NPSF Mission
Are you a federal or military employee or do you know someone who is? Individual donors are so important to the mission of NPSF. Here's a simple way to help out, from now until December 15, 2016.



Celebrate Health Literacy Month with
Ask Me 3®

October is Health Literacy Month. The National Patient Safety Foundation’s Ask Me 3 program is a cornerstone of health literacy communications. We invite you to download these free materials, in English or Spanish, that are designed to encourage open dialogue between patients and providers by encouraging patients to ask three key questions when receiving care.

From the P.S. Blog —

Getting the Lowdown on Opioids
Thomas Prevoznik, liaison unit chief for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, spoke at the 2016 NPSF Patient Safety Congress. This post discusses his recommendations regarding mitigating harm from opioid prescription painkillers.

Culture Change on the Agenda
Didn’t make it to the live event? This article provides a look into the patient safety discussions from the 9th annual NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Forum & Keynote Dinner.

Visit the blog home page for more.


Our Members in the News
ASPPS member Susan Carr interviews a victim advocate from Cleveland Clinic in her recent article featured in the Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare’s September/October issue.

Member James M. Hoffman, PharmD, MS, BCPS, FASHP, was recently awarded the Individual Award for Career Achievement by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation for his outstanding work in patient safety. Read about why he was chosen. You can also take a look at the APhA video on Dr. Hoffman.

Member Scott Lucas and colleagues have been researching adverse events and hazards associated with robotic surgery. They presented their findings most recently at the AAMI conference in June.

You can find more member news here and read about our featured ASPPS member for this month.

Certification News
Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Features CPPS Credential
The Certified Professional in Patient Safety credential (CPPS) was featured in the October newsletter of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF). The article emphasizes the importance for members of the health care community to become certified in patient safety.

Certification Board Announces September Certifications Awarded
NPSF congratulates all who achieved the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) credential during the month of September 2016. Find out who they are.

Upcoming NPSF Events


NPSF Spotlight Series
Root Cause Analyses and Actions (RCA2) – Lessons from the Trenches

Tuesday, October 25 |
1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern Time
Maine Medical Center and Cedars Sinai Medical Center

Registration is complimentary. Find out more and register now.

This is the last webcast of this NPSF Spotlight Series. The complimentary webcasts are based on the NPSF report RCA2: Root Cause Analyses and Actions to Prevent Harm and provide a deep dive into implementation of the report’s tools and key recommendations through the lens of five organizations that are at various places on their root cause analysis improvement journeys.



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

The Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) Review Course is designed for experienced patient safety professionals who plan to take the Certified Professional in Patient Safety examination, to help them prepare by reviewing domain content areas and test-taking strategies. The live webinar format allows for Q&A with the faculty and a shared learning environment.

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

Register or get details.



Professional Learning Series Webcast
Antimicrobial Resistance and Antibiotic Stewardship
Monday, November 14 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time

To kick off Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, NPSF offers this complimentary webcast with speakers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Learn more and register.



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

Patient Safety News & Resources


October 22 Is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Mark your calendars and let your family, friends, or patients know about this initiative to provide a safe and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs. More information here.



November 14–20 Is Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) program Get Smart About Antibiotics Week assists with education and tips for consumers and health care professionals on appropriate use of antibiotics.

CMS Awards $347 Million to Advance Safer Health Care
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently announced that it will award $347 million to make progress towards a safer health care system. Read about the 16 organizations that will benefit from the funding and which patient safety issues they plan to tackle.

How Five Hospitals Reduced Falls
A new report from the American Hospital Association’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) discusses case studies from five hospitals on how to prevent patient falls.

Kids and Flu Shots
This case-control study published in the American Journal of Infection Control discusses common reasons for why parents choose not to immunize their children against influenza.

When Doctors Get the Wrong Patient
Read Modern Healthcare’s summary article of a new report from the ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization on patient identification errors.

Promoting Patient and Family Partnerships in Ambulatory Care Improvement
Read the free full text article which provides evidence for how to meaningfully partner with patients and families in ambulatory care settings.

New Pediatric Patient Safety Journal
Pediatric Quality and Safety (PQS) is a new, international, peer-reviewed, open access, online journal dedicated to "providing health care professionals a forum to disseminate the results of quality improvement and patient safety initiatives that impact the lives of children from newborn to young adulthood." Read the first issue.

Consumer Focus —
Is it safe for medical professionals to wear their scrubs outside of the hospital?
In this commentary from a fellow consumer, she seeks to find answers about how sanitary it is for medical professionals to wear scrubs outside of the hospital.

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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