6th Annual Missouri Patient Safety Conference, April 17, Sponsored by Missouri Center for Patient Safety

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Experts to discuss Joplin, Missouri’s, St. Johns Hospital lessons learned in maintaining the safety of patients and staff during and after the deadly May 2011 tornado – Plus The Invisible Gorilla author Dan Simons, will present, How our Intuitions Deceive Us – And Dorrie K. Fontaine, PhD, will present, The Silent Treatment, encouraging professionals to talk about unsafe conditions and errors.

The Missouri Center for Patient Safety (MOCPS) will host its sixth annual Patient Safety conference, April 17 in Columbia, Missouri, at the Stoney Creek Inn, 8:15 am – 4:30 pm.

This year’s conference Conquering Chaos, The Humanity and Science of Safe Care, will focus on strategies to tackle changes and challenges in health care that impact resources, skills and systems necessary to consistently improve the quality and safety of care; challenges such as Mother Nature, health reform, regulation and competing priorities. http://tinyurl.com/73oztn2

The Keynote Panel from St. Johns Hospital in Joplin will present The Joplin Experience: Maintaining the Focus – Safety During Chaos. Panelists will share their insights, tips and lessons learned in maintaining the safety of their patients and staff, and navigating the regulatory maze during and after the deadly May 2011 tornado.

Also this year, Dan Simons, PhD, author of The Invisible Gorilla and Professor of Psychology at Beckman Institute of the University of Illinois will present: How our intuitions Deceive Us – Human Factors at Play. "The Invisible Gorilla just might teach us to be more humble, understanding, and forgiving" (The New York Times) http://tinyurl.com/73oztn2

The Silent Treatment study highlights will be presented by Dorrie Fontaine, PhD, RN, FAAN from the University of Virginia and the American Academy of Critical Care Nurses. The study is a follow-up to “Silence Kills” encouraging professionals to talk about unsafe conditions and errors, highlighting there is much more work to do to establish a culture for safety, noting that safety tools and checklists aren’t enough to save lives.

Converging of Diverging Priorities, using proven strategies to reach the target of zero medical errors in the real world of competing priorities and stretched resources, will be presented by Pat Posa, RN, MSA from St. Joseph Mercy Health System. http://tinyurl.com/73oztn2

Invited to this year’s conference are health care professionals and others with an interest in improving patient safety including executives, physicians, nurses and other clinicians from any health care setting, as well as health care payers and regulators - anyone with a vested interest in improving the safety of care.

Other conference session topics also include:

  •     The CUSP Experience – Strategies that Work – teamwork, communication and proactive identification of safety concerns
  •     Missouri Excellence in Safe Care Awards Panel – sharing successful award-winning safety improvement strategies
  •     An update from the Missouri Center for Patient Safety on accomplishments and future plans.

View the conference registration form - http://tinyurl.com/78aeeyk

“We are excited to, again, host national and local safety experts, bringing them together with conference attendees to learn and share successful strategies to improve health care," said MOCPS executive director, Becky Miller. "The conference reinforces this year’s theme for Missouri Patient Safety Awareness Month, 'Patient Safety is our focus 24/7/365' by highlighting strategies to meet the everyday challenges in health care.”

View the conference agenda - http://tinyurl.com/7nfemh8

More About MOCPS . The Missouri Center for Patient Safety was founded by the Missouri Hospital Association, Missouri State Medical Association and Primaris as a private, nonprofit corporation to serve as a leader to fulfill its vision of a health care environment safe for all patients, in all processes, all the time. The MOCPS is a federally-designated Patient Safety Organization (PSO).

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