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What You Should Know about the Rising Problem of Antibiotic Resistance

St. Louis Public Radio recently did a program on antibiotic resistance. Among those interviewed was NPSF board member Stephen Littlejohn, whose own daughter died as a result of an antimicrobial resistant infection. Listen to or read the piece here http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/what-you-should-know-about-rising-problem-antibiotic-resistance#stream/0

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The Cost of Not Taking Your Medicine

Nonadherence to prescribed medications can be a patient safety issue and it is "100 percent preventable by the very individuals it afflicts." Read this piece on the NY Times Well Blog, https://nyti.ms/2psUF6a

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How Rudeness Impacts Care

From the New York Times Well Blog, Rude Doctors, Rude Nurses, Rude Patients, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/10/well/family/rude-doctors-rude-nurses-rude-patients.html?_r=0

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Six Ways to Be a Safe Patient

Sharing this advice, from the Arizona Department of Health Services, http://directorsblog.health.azdhs.gov/our-work-to-improve-patient-safety-continues/

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Marlborough Hospital Celebrates Patient Safety Awareness Week and Pi Day

We are still seeing reports of activities that took place last week. Read this piece about Marlborough (MA) Hospital's effort to remind caregivers about the National Patient Safety Goal of using two patient identifiers, http://patch.com/massachusetts/marlborough/marlborough-hospital-celebrates-pi-day-reminder-caregivers-pies

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Patient Safety Awareness Week 2017—The Week in Review

Patient Safety Awareness Week took place March 12-18, 2017, with health care organizations, patients, and health professionals from across the country and internationally demonstrating their commitment to safe care. In case you missed any of the action, read highlights here, http://www.unitedforpatientsafety.org/patient_safety_awareness_week_2017_in_review

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Tuesday's Twitter Chat Round Up

Thank you to everyone who participated in Tuesday's Twitter Chat. There was a lot of great discussion, sharing and learning. If you missed the chat you can catch the highlights here: https://storify.com/theNPSF/patient-safety-awareness-week-58c845cb3b89056c3ac355cb

Even though the Twitter Chat is over the sharing can continue. Have thoughts on these topics? Comment below and keep the conversation going.

Communication: What are the greatest areas of risk for communication breakdowns and ways to improve communication between clinicians and patients/families to improve safety?

Medication Safety: What steps do clinicians take to prevent medication errors? What steps should patients and families take to ensure safe use of medications? How does technology help or hinder medication safety?

Patient Engagement, Patient Experience, and Patient Safety: What is the difference between patient engagement and patient experience of care? How do they differ and where are the overlaps?

Patient Safety Past and Future: What should the future of the patient safety field look like in order to accelerate progress? How do you hope things will have improved in the next 5 or 10 years?

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Patient Safety Awareness Week Special Offer!

Patient Safety Awareness Week special offer: Save 10% on registration for the NPSF Patient Safety Congress, May 17-19, in Orlando when you use the code PSAW10 and register by midnight on March 31, 2017. For details of the meeting, go to https://lnkd.in/dpFtQms

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ASK ME 3 & Brown Bag Medication Review

By our Implementation of Ask Me 3 together with Brown Bag Medication Review , we encourage our valuable clients to be active members in their care plan. In Dallah Hospital our patients are our partners in our success , we work together to improve our performance to deliver the best and safe care that meet their needs and expectations.

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Shared decision-making boosts patient outcomes, leads to higher satisfaction rates

"Patients who were the most knowledgeable about their condition and who were given their preferred treatment were considered to have made informed, patient-centered decisions, and that group had higher scores for overall and disease-specific quality of life after six months, according to the study."

Read a summary article from Fierce Healthcare, http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/patient-engagement/shared-decision-making-improves-outcomes-satisfaction-for-orthopedic-patients

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Public Health Crisis: Preventable Health Care Harm

On Monday, March 13, 2017, the National Patient Safety Foundation released a Call to Action: Preventable Health Care Harm Is a Public Health Crisis and Patient Safety Requires a Coordinated Public Health Response. Read this summary article from Managed Care, https://www.managedcaremag.com/news/new-public-health-crisis-preventable-harm-health-care

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Susan DiMaggio, Student Nurse

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AHRQ and NPSF: #UnitedForPatientSafety

Twenty years ago, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) was created to enhance awareness of issues related to patient safety. Two years later, AHRQ was officially designated as the Federal government's lead patient safety agency. So it's fair to say that our two organizations have been working alongside clinicians and others in leading the field toward solutions for the pernicious problems that affect far too many of our patients every day.

Read this full blog post by Jeff Brady, MD, MPH, AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and an assistant surgeon general in the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Gandhi is president and CEO of the National Patient Safety Foundation.

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A setback for safety, first-year physicians-in-training allowed to work 24-hour shifts

Read the article in the Washington post, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/03/10/first-year-doctors-will-be-allowed-to-work-24-hour-shifts-starting-in-july/

The National Patient Safety Foundation opposed lifting the 16-hour shift limit for first-year residents. See our statement, http://www.npsf.org/default.asp?page=res_duty_hours_2

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Patient Safety Awareness Week: A Q&A with Dr. Tejal Gandhi

We are pleased to share this interview with NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi published by the Military Health System, http://health.mil/News/Articles/2017/03/01/Feature-The-History-of-Patient-Safety-Awareness-Week

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Patients at Risk from "Nested" Interruptions

New research published in Human Factors looks at how multilevel interruptions experienced by ICU nurses can affect their performance and patients' well-being. Read a summary article here https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/hfae-par022817.php

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Do medical device companies wait too long on recalls?

A study has found an under-reaction to adverse events related to devices. Read a news article from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune here http://www.startribune.com/study-finds-companies-inclined-to-wait-too-long-to-recall-medical-devices/414118423/

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Groups Protest 28-Hour Shifts for Medical Residents

According to this article in the Chicago Tribune, "Several groups are speaking out against a proposal to allow new doctors to work up to 28-hour shifts — an idea that's raised questions about patient safety, physician well-being and what's necessary to train great doctors." Read the article http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-medical-residents-hours-0204-biz-20170203-story.html

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What You Should Know about the Rising Problem of Antibiotic Resistance
St. Louis Public Radio recently did a program on antibiotic resistance. Among those interviewed was NPSF board member...
The Cost of Not Taking Your Medicine
Nonadherence to prescribed medications can be a patient safety issue and it is "100 percent preventable by the very i...
How Rudeness Impacts Care
From the New York Times Well Blog, Rude Doctors, Rude Nurses, Rude Patients, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/10/well/...
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The National Patient Safety Foundation salutes Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals for their generous support of this year's Patient Safety Awareness Week and their ongoing commitment to patient and workforce safety.