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19th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress Day 3 Recap
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19th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress


We had a great final day at the NPSF Congress! If you were not able to attend, or if you came with us to Orlando but couldn't fit everything in, here are some of Friday's highlights.




Poster Awards
NPSF Congress Committee co-chair Vicki Good, DNP, RN, CENP, CPPS, opened the morning keynote with the presentation of the poster awards:

Poster 43, Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC, Reducing MRSA infections in the Neonatal ICU
Roberta Bell, Barbara Cannella, Karen Ewing CRNP, Aaron Trent, Susann Guess,  William Vehovic, Barbara Hildebrand, Jennifer Kloesz, Mary Beth Pasqualicchio, Harold Wiesenfeld
The goal of this project was to monitor MRSA colonization rate and establish a baseline, and reduce the number of MRSA infections.The intervention included staff education, weekly MRSA screening, environmental efforts such as reorganizing room supplies, and the involvement of patients and families through education, among other things. From 2012 to 2016, there was a significant downward trend in MRSA infection.

Poster 67 - Newark Beth Israel Medical Center - Promotion of an Organizational Culture of Safety, thereby Reducing Preventable Patient Harm through a Collaborative Team Effort
Jennifer LaRosa, MD, Charles Cathcart, MD, Adam Kopelan, MD, Amy Doran, RN, Monica Feinberg, RN, Denise Shepherd, RN, Lesley Adams, Alicia Cox, Susan Schottenfeld
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center initiated a multidisciplinary collaborative team to review each patient safety event.


Friday Opening Keynote

The keynote featured Saul Weingart, MD, PhD; Christopher Landrigan, MD, MPH; Tejal Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS;  and Albert Wu, MD, MPH, discussing influential patient safety research over the years, particularly on the issues of sleep deprivation and health care workers, communication and handoffs, diagnostic error, and apology and disclosure.

Notable research cited during the session included the National Academy of Medicine's report on diagnostic error and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's CANDOR Toolkit.


Simulation Looks at Past and Future
This year's simulation program took the theme of Honoring the Past, Celebrating Today, Designing the Future Together. As part of the program, attendees offered their thoughts on current challenges in patient safety and ideas for the future, including the ideas in the photo below. Common themes emerged, largely around communication.





Closing Keynote
If you had to leave early and you missed hearing ZDoggMD, nothing we say here can make up for that! Zubin Damania, MD, brought down the house with song, passion, and his vision of health care 3.0: A world in which patients get effective coaching on their health and social determinants that impact health, where clinicians and patients are held accountable for care plans, and where the patients have an active role in building and contributing to their medical records. If you are not familiar with Dr. Damania's work, view this video.


Congrats to Today's Raffle Winners!
Our final raffle winners were announced in the Learning and Simulation Center:

  • Robin Kidder won a FitBit.
  • Jim Call won a registration to the 2018 Congress Boston.


Reminder about CEs

Attendees seeking Continuing Education Credits  look for the email that will give you the link to the online evaluation. You must complete the online evaluation by Sunday, June 4, 2017, at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. If you have any questions, contact Cathy Lampa at


Thank you to our planning committee, faculty, supporters and exhibitors, and to all attendees for their energy and commitment!


Be sure to join us at the 20th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress in Boston, May 23-25, 2018.


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