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President's Corner

This month, Dr. Gandhi writes about duty hour limits and the well-being of patients and the health care workforce.

Read her column.

     Tejal K. Gandhi

NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Receives $1 Million Grant from Medtronic

The grant, to be distributed over three years, is the first unrestricted funding for the Institute. Read more.


NPSF Announces Online Patient Safety Curriculum: 2nd Edition
An excellent opportunity to learn from leaders in the patient safety field. The curriculum is revised, contains new modules, and you can advance through it at your own pace. Learn more.



NPSF Congress —
Call for Abstracts and Posters

Believe it or not, we’re already looking for speakers and posters for next year’s 19th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress. We’d like to invite you to submit an abstract for consideration by the NPSF Congress Planning Committee.

Learn more and submit your speaker abstract. 
      Submission Deadline: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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


Military and Federal Employees Can Support the NPSF Mission
Are you a federal or military employee or do you know someone who is? Spread the word on how to pledge to NPSF, from now until December 15, 2016.


   Sue Sheridan

NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Appoints Well-Known Patient Advocate as Newest Member
Sue Sheridan, MBA, MIM, DHL, joined the Lucian Leape Institute on September 1. Read more.


October Is Health Literacy Month
We invite you to download free materials from our Ask Me 3™ program to share during October, and every month, to help increase health literacy.


From the P.S. Blog —

What Does Patient Safety Mean to You?  In August we celebrated ASPPS Member Appreciation Month in part by asking members what patient safety means to them. Take a look at what your colleagues are saying.

October Is Health Literacy Month.
Read about the problem of health literacy and how you can make a start on working toward solutions.

isit the blog home page for more.


Our Members in the News
Jason Adelman, MD, MS, member of the NPSF Board of Advisors and the Association for Professionals in Patient Safety (ASPPS), was recently mentioned in this article for his work on developing a measurement tool to help reduce the incidence of clinicians’ placing wrong orders for patients.

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

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

NPSF In the News


The Who’s Who of Influential People in Health Care
NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi was on the list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine. Read more and see who else made the list.

AARP: 12 Medical Mistakes That Can Harm You
Dr. Gandhi was recently interviewed by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) about the risks associated with hospital discharges. To see what she and others said, check out the research-backed slideshow of common medical errors that can cause harm to patients, along with suggestions for how to make your care safer.

Upcoming NPSF Events


Professional Learning Series Webcast
Health Literacy: Improving Patient Understanding

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time


Featured Speakers:
Lea Anne Gardner, MSPH, PhD, RN
Senior Patient Safety Analyst
Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority

Lisa Morrise, MArts
Co-Lead Partnership for Patients PFE Affinity Group
Project Patient Care / Consumers Advancing Patient Safety / Campaign for Meds Management

Learn more and register.



Certified Professional in Patient Safety Review Course Webinar
Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 10:00am - 5:00pm Eastern Time


Featured Faculty:
John B. Hertig, PharmD, MS, CPPS
Associate Director, Purdue University College of Pharmacy Center for Medication Safety Advancement

Regina Hoffman, RN, BSN, MBA, CPPS
Executive Director, Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority

Mark Jarrett, MD, MBA, CPPS
Sr. Vice President & Chief Quality Officer, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Northwell Health
Professor of Medicine, Hofstra – Northwell Health School of Medicine


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.



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

Tuesday, October 4: Aurora Health Care
Tuesday, October 11: Abington Jefferson Health
Tuesday, October 18: Ochsner Clinic/Medical Center
Tuesday, October 25: Maine Medical Center and
Cedars Sinai Medical Center

All webcasts are live, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern Time.
Registration is complimentary.
Find out more and register now.


The NPSF Spotlight Series is offering a special series of complimentary webcasts. The webcasts are based on the NPSF report RCA2: Root Cause Analyses and Actions to Prevent Harm and will 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.



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

Patient Safety News & Resources


September 26-30 Is National Health IT Week
NPSF is a partner organization with the week’s sponsor, HIMMS (Health Information Management Systems Society). Visit the website for details about activities and how you can participate in the week.

International infection Prevention Week Is Coming Next Month
APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology) has polls and quizzes available to test your infection prevention knowledge. Challenge your friends and colleagues to a battle of the germy wits.
There’s lots more going on between October 16 and 22 for International Infection Prevention Week. Check it out.

US Public Supports Limiting Work Hours for Medical Residents
A national poll by Public Citizen shows that the vast majority of Americans are in favor of restricting work shifts of medical residents to no more than 16 straight hours without sleep. Read more.

WHO and Diagnostic Errors in Primary Care
This study in BMJ Quality & Safety examines diagnostic error and how it relates to the World Health Organization’s priorities in the primary care setting.

Wrong-Time Error with High-Alert Medication
Read this Web M&M case description and commentary about identifying and managing high-risk medications.

Bullying in Health Care
FierceHealthcare reports on AORN (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses) initatives in bringing to light the issue of nurse bullying.

Doctor Burnout: A National Epidemic
This article in U.S. News & World Report provides data and commentary from physicians on the cost of doctor burnout.

Well-Being, Burnout, and Patient Safety
A study published by PLOS ONE issues results of a systematic review on the well-being of health care professionals in relation to the incidence of medical error.


Consumer Focus —
September Is Sepsis Awareness Month
Do you know what sepsis is? It turns out that many Americans don’t, so we ask you to take some time this month to find out more.

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