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September 2015

President's Corner:
Diagnostic Error in the Spotlight

This month, NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi reflects on diagnostic error and the forthcoming report from the Institute of Medicine. Read her column

       Tejal K. Gandhi


Call for Speaker Abstracts
The call for abstracts for the 2016 NPSF Patient Safety Congress is now open. Abstracts must be received before midnight on October 9, 2015. Get the details, and plan to join us in Scottsdale, Arizona, May 23-25, 2016.

NPSF President Among 100 Most Influential
Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president and CEO of NPSF and the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, is among the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare for 2015 announced in the August 24 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine. Also on the list are NPSF Lucian Leape Institute member Bob Wachter, MD, and Gary Kaplan, MD, FACMPE, who chairs the Institute and also serves on the NPSF Board of Directors. See who else is on the list

Experts Join NPSF Lucian Leape Institute
Professor Charles Vincent and Amy C. Edmondson, PhD, have been appointed members of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute effective this month. Read more 

Join the Conversation
The 8th Annual NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Forum & Keynote Dinner will be held this Thursday, September 17. We’ll be tweeting about leadership, culture, and transparency. Join us with the hashtag #NPSFLLI8.

NPSF Joins Coalition to Improve Diagnosis
The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine recently announced the formation of a coalition of organizations committed to taking action to improve diagnosis. Read more

From the P.S. Blog —

Burnout as a Safety Issue
This post details how physicians’ cognitive workload impacts care. Read more

Getting the Right Care, Every Time
Right Care Action Week is October 18-24. Read this post for ideas about how you can observe the month and help reduce harm from unnecessary tests or treatments. 

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

Upcoming Events


Certified Professional in Patient Safety Review Course Webinar
Thursday, September 24, 2015 | 10:00 am–5:00 pm Eastern Time

Seats are still open for this course, which is offered to experienced patient safety professionals who plan to take the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) examination.


Read details 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.



Health Literacy: A Vital Sign for patient Safety
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | 1:00–2:00 pm ET


Featured Speaker:
Karen Baker
Vice President, Mission Initiatives


Register or learn more.


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 may register for their individual participation at the member rate of only $20. Learn about membership.

Patient Safety News & Resources


The Future of Graduate Medical Education: A Systems-Based Approach to Ensure Patient Safety
In this article, James Bagian, MD, PE, a member of the NPSF Board of Advisors, emphasizes the need for faculty in academic medical institutions to serve as effective role models for junior physicians by “practicing what they preach” about patient safety. Free full text in Academic Medicine (September)

ANA Releases CAUTI Prevention Tool
The American Nurses Association (ANA) recently released an evidenced-based clinical tool developed by leading experts to help nurses prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). Learn more and download the tool on the ANA website. 

Health Literacy: Past, Present, and Future
The Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Health Literacy convened a one-day public workshop to assess the progress made in the field of health literacy in the decade since the IOM published Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion. Purchase or view/download this workshop summary free of charge from the National Academies Press.

Persistent Safety Issues in Community/Ambulatory Settings
This article from Pharmacy Times looks at three common medication dispensing errors. 

Consumer Focus
In advance of the release of the Institute of Medicine report on diagnostic error, we remind consumers of this resource — Reducing Diagnostic Errors: Ten Things I Could Do Tomorrow.

Prizes, Awards, Fellowships

Nominations due by September 25
This annual award is conferred by Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS) to recognize someone who exemplifies the MITSS mission: Supporting Healing and Restoring Hope to patients, families, and clinicians impacted by adverse medical events. If you know someone like that, nominate him or her.

AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize

Nominations due by October 11, 2015
This award is presented annually to honor hospitals pursuing excellence through hospital leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. Learn more

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.

AHRQ Research Funding to Focus on Patient Safety
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently announced funding opportunities for research in to patient safety in ambulatory and long-term care settings. Read a summary from Fierce Healthcare with links to the AHRQ announcement.

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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