National Patient Safety Foundation to Host Webcast on Patient Safety Across the Continuum of Care

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Educational program for health professionals to focus on care transitions and mitigating patient safety risks.

There are interventions that can help mitigate risks across care settings.

Getting out of the hospital sounds like a good thing, but in fact, it’s actually a vulnerable time for many patients. Breakdowns in communication between inpatient and ambulatory health care providers or facilities are more likely to occur during these transitions in care, potentially resulting in medical errors, safety lapses, or lack of follow-up care.

According to a 2012 Health Affairs Health Policy Brief, poor care coordination, including faulty transitions in care, resulted in an estimated $25 to $45 billion in wasteful spending in 2011 through complications and hospital readmissions that could have been avoidable.

The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals for hospitals called for improvements in transitions as early as 2006. Moreover, patients today are likely to experience much of their care outside the hospital, and safety efforts may look very different in the outpatient setting than in the inpatient setting.

On April 17, the National Patient Safety Foundation is presenting an educational webcast addressing these topics. Improving Patient Safety Across the Continuum of Care will be led by Tejal Gandhi, MD, MPH, chief quality and safety officer at Partners HealthCare in Boston.

“There are interventions that can help mitigate risks across care settings,” Dr. Gandhi says. “It begins with having a firm understanding of those risks, and how patient safety issues may differ as patients move through the system from one setting to another.”

Dr. Gandhi received the 2009 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality award for her research into the epidemiology and possible prevention strategies for medical errors in the outpatient setting. She has published widely on topics such as adverse drug events in ambulatory care and errors associated with health information technology. Earlier this month, she was among “50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety,” chosen by Becker’s Hospital Review.

Dr. Gandhi’s presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Continuing education credits are available for nurses, pharmacists, risk management professionals, health quality professionals, and health care executives who attend the program. Continuing medical education credits are available for physicians.

To read more about the learning objectives and continuing education credits, or to register, visit http://bit.ly/ZZji5w.

About the National Patient Safety Foundation

The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has been pursuing one mission since its founding in 1997–to improve the safety of care provided to patients. As a central voice for patient safety, NPSF is committed to a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach in all that it does. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. To learn more about the work of the National Patient Safety Foundation, please visit: http://www.npsf.org.

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