National Patient Safety Foundation Congress to Address Breaking Developments in the Field

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Special Sessions Offered on Clinical Alarm Safety, Patient Safety and Hospital Risk, Pain Management as a Safety Issue, at the 15th NPSF Patient Safety Congress in New Orleans, May 8-10, 2013.

The announcement of these additional breakfast sessions ensures that attendees have access to the most timely developments and issues that are impacting patient safety and further bolsters the value of attending our Congress.

The National Patient Safety Foundation has announced special breakfast sessions at the 15th annual NPSF Congress, May 8-10, in New Orleans, LA, that will focus on late-breaking developments in the field.

On Thursday, May 9, Gerry Castro, MPH, of The Joint Commission (TJC) and Adam Sapirstein, MD, BS, MS, associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, will discuss TJC’s proposed new National Patient Safety Goal of improving the safety of clinical alarms.

Earlier this month, TJC issued a Sentinel Alert about the risks of “alarm fatigue” urging hospitals to take action to reduce them. The proposed new goal, which would take effect in 2014, will require hospitals to conduct an inventory of alarms and identify the most critical alarms, among other actions. The breakfast session will explain the proposed goal and outline the steps hospitals can take to quickly come into compliance.

Also on Thursday, Martin Makary, MD, MPH, will discuss results of a newly released survey of health care leadership and risk managers on the topic of patient safety and hospital risk. The survey was commissioned by AIG in consultation with Dr. Makary, who is perhaps best known as the author of Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care.

The survey reveals that although two-thirds of health care leaders report that “maximizing patient safety” is their top priority, they report spending only one-third of their time on related issues. Further, respondents cited failure to maximize financial sustainability as their number-one threat. Dr. Makary will discuss the results in detail and provide actionable data that support continuous improvement in patient safety. He is director, Surgical Quality & Safety, Johns Hopkins Hospital; associate professor of surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and associate professor of health policy & management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

A third breakfast session, on Friday, May 10, will address pain management as an integral component of improved patient safety. Steven M. Berkowitz, MD, will lead this session, which will focus on opioid use and the implications of opioid-related adverse events on outcomes and reimbursements. Dr. Berkowitz is president of SMB Consulting, former CMO St David’s HealthCare in Austin, Texas, and member of the board of the Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency.

“Our Pre-Congress sessions and Congress agenda are incredibly rich and relevant for all stakeholders in patient safety. The announcement of these additional breakfast sessions ensures that attendees have access to the most timely developments and issues that are impacting patient safety and further bolsters the value of attending our Congress,” said Patricia McGaffigan, RN, MS, interim president, National Patient Safety Foundation.

All breakfast sessions begin at 6:45 am and are open to any registered attendees of the NPSF Patient Safety Congress. Attendees may register for all three days, for two days, or for a single day either in advance or on site at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

More information about the breakfast sessions, including contact hours offered, the complete Congress program, or how to register, is available at

About 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:

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