Leaders in Patient Safety Research, Practice, and Advocacy to Keynote at National Patient Safety Foundation’s Patient Safety Congress

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16th Annual NPSF Congress Set for May 14-16, 2014, in Orlando, FL

This meeting is bringing together an impressive faculty to present insights, evidence, and inspiration to attendees that will help them keep the patient safety momentum on track.

The National Patient Safety Foundation has announced the program for the 16th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress, to be held May 14-16, 2014, in Orlando, FL, with keynotes that touch upon topics in patient safety research, practice, and advocacy.

The theme of this year’s meeting is 1FOCUS, emphasizing the singular goal of advancing patient safety. “Health care today is changing fast, and those working in the field are juggling many competing priorities,” says Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president of NPSF. “Despite other demands, health care leaders and staff must maintain a commitment to providing the safest care. This meeting is bringing together an impressive faculty to present insights, evidence, and inspiration to attendees that will help them keep the patient safety momentum on track.”

As the only conference dedicated solely to patient safety, the NPSF Congress has a strong tradition of providing real-world tools, robust resources, and evidence-based solutions for a broad spectrum of related issues.

The meeting opens May 14 with an optional Pre-Congress Day, where attendees participate in half-day or full-day workshops. The full program, May 15-16, features 30 breakout sessions and four keynote sessions:

  • NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Keynote: Patient Safety Is Not Elective: This session will debate the merits and challenges of accountability with respect to key issues in patient safety, with speakers Bob Wachter, MD, professor and associate chair, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, Division of Hospital Medicine, and Gregg Meyer, MD, MSc, chief clinical officer, Partners HealthCare.
  • Just As I Am: Patient advocate and artist Regina Holliday will speak on the need for clarity and transparency in medical records. Ms. Holliday is founder of the Walking Gallery, a movement to spread awareness of patient safety through artwork displayed on clothing. Participants have the opportunity to be a part of the Walking Gallery and receive a painted piece by Ms. Holliday.
  • Hot Topics in Patient Safety: Selected Papers Advancing the Field in the Past Year: Kaveh Shojania, MD, editor-in-chief of BMJ Quality and Safety, will discuss the most notable research papers of 2013 and address how the evidence-based patient safety interventions and effective strategies identified in these papers can be translated into practice. Dr. Shojania, a hospital-based general internist, is also director of the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the University of Toronto.
  • Thriving vs. Surviving During Times of Change: One third to one half of all health care workers are burned out—and burnout predicts clinical and quality outcomes better than any other variable. In this interactive presentation, J. Bryan Sexton, PhD, associate professor and director of patient safety research and training, Duke University Health System, will look at the prevalence and severity of burnout, offer tips on fatigue management, and provide evidence-based resilience tools that participants can use immediately.

The NPSF Congress will also feature 100 poster presentations on topics of research and practical solutions to patient safety issues. The Learning & Simulation Center offers attendees the opportunity to view live health care simulations and to learn from more than 75 solutions provider exhibits.

Early-bird registration for the 2014 NPSF Congress is open through March 30, 2014. For detailed program information, including breakout sessions, faculty, and continuing education, or to register, visit npsfcongress.org.

For details about how to take part in the Walking Gallery, contact Sara Reardon at sreardon(at)npsf(dot)org.

About the National Patient Safety Foundation
The National Patient Safety Foundation’s vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. A central voice for patient safety since 1997, NPSF partners with patients and families, the health care community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and health care workforce safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. To learn more about the Foundation’s work, visit http://www.npsf.org.

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