2016 Conference Keynote Speaker Announced: David Marx

Mark your calendar for April 7, 2016 to join us in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center!

DMarx-8-2011-2hThe Center for Patient Safety is proud to announce David Marx, leader of Outcome Engenuity, as our 2016 Annual Patient Safety Conference keynote speaker.  As the “father of Just Culture”, David’s concepts have had steady involvement in patient safety over the last decade.  Often, adverse events are the result of bad processes – not bad people.  The strongest healthcare organizations have a culture that supports open communication.  Staff can confidently talk about adverse events and the stage is set to learn why and how the mistakes happen.  This is the only way we can work towards improvements in patient safety.Daves-Subs-book

In addition, every attendee will receive a copy of David’s latest book: “Dave’s Subs, A novel story about workplace accountability”.   We look forward to seeing you there!

Stay tuned for more information!


Earn CPHQ CE with the Center on March 13th!

Join the Center for Patient Safety on March 13th for our 9th Annual Patient Safety Conference.   We just received confirmation of approval of 5.25 CE hours toward CPHQ recertification from the National Association for Healthcare Quality.   Registration and more information.

How is your organization recognizing Patient Safety Awareness Week in March?

The Center has lots of ideas for you!

Join us for our 9th Annual Patient Safety Conference on March 13th!   Hurry to take advantage of Early Registration for the Conference available only through February 2nd!

Download our Patient Safety Awareness Week Toolkit with customizable banners, flyers, tent cards and more!

Submit a Poster Application to share a best practice at our March 13th Conference (submit by February 3rd and you will be entered into a drawing for a free Conference registration)!

Visit www.centerforpatientsafety.org/2015conference.

CPS March 13th Conference! Continuing Education Available! Early Bird Registration Ends 2/2!

The Center’s 9th Annual Conference on March 13, offers Continuing Education for physicians, risk managers and is pending for nursing and quality professionals.   Conference information, registration and information about continuing education is available at http://www.centerforpatientsafety.org/2015conference.

CPS Releases PSONews: Winter Edition

The latest newsletter from the Center for Patient Safety PSO contains the latest highlights on Safety Alerts, Success Stories from real hospitals, information on Patient Safety Awareness Week 2015, and much more!

PSONewsWinter2014PSO Alert: Morphine v Midazolam.1
Safety Watch: Emergent Situations.2
Joint Commission Alert.3
Health IT Safety Webinar.3
Insulin Pens.4
EMS Corner.5
LTC Corner.5
Patient Safety Awareness Week.8-9
PSO Data Update.10-11

Read this newsletter or download any of our archived newsletters.

2014 EMS Patient Safety Conference Success!

The Center for Patient Safety’s Annual EMS Patient Safety Conference was a success!   We had great speakers who brought new ideas and concepts that helped stretch the imagination of those attending.

  • David Williams from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement shared the Plan-Do-Study-Act method for organizational change and success.
  • Tom Judge, Executive Director of Lifeflight of Maine having years of EMS experience, offered practical advice regarding the changes that he has witnessed in EMS.   He also discussed how organizations can utilize a culture of safety to help manage risk.
  • Michael Bachman from Wake County EMS in Raleigh, NC shared his insights and experience regarding the coordination of patient safety using mobile integrated healthcare, focusing on “For the patient, not to the patient”.


2014 EMS Patient Safety Conference – Registration Available!

Logo2The Center is pleased to announce the date of our upcoming annual EMS Patient Safety Conference, scheduled for November 12, 2014.   This conference is expected to be bigger and better than previous years, bringing national EMS experts together to share strategies to improve patient safety, highlight successful practices and provide broad networking opportunities to share successes and challenges. 7 CEUs available for attendees.

We invite you to register to attend or visit our conference page for more information!

Conference highlights include:

  • David Williams, Institute for Healthcare Improvement Faculty will present Plan-Do-Study-Act
  • Tom Judge, Executive Director at Lifeflight of Maine will present Safety Culture and Management of risk
  • Michael Bachman from Wake County EMS in Raleigh, NC will present the Coordination of Patient Safety in Mobile Integrated Healthcare
  • And much more!

Limited sponsor/vendor opportunities are still available – Sign up today!

Safety Awareness Week is for Long-Term Care, Too!

Even though the National Patient Safety Foundation doesn’t use LTC-inclusive language in its name or the name of its Patient Safety Awareness Week, they still have much to offer our long-term care communities, including a special week to recognize our dedication to resident safety.   CPS has developed a toolkit to help ALL providers celebrate this special week from March 2-8, and to engage residents, staff and families.

In St. Louis County,Bethesda Southgate is getting its community focused on safety, using several of the CPS toolkit resources:

  • A banner to announce Patient Safety Awareness Week in the lobby
  • Posters in public areas
  • Short daily announcements with quick, targeted tips on the issue of the day, such as “Help us prevent falls and remember to use your walker or helpers”
  • Table placards with the button/sticker from the toolkit, together with tips on the safety concern for the day

Anyone interested in using the materials can access the toolkit here.   And don’t forget to share your safety success stories with a poster (submit a short application) at the CPS 8th Annual Patient Safety Conference in St. Louis on March 21.

March 2-8, 2014 is Patient Safety Awareness Week

The Center for Patient Safety is joining Patient Safety Awareness Week this March to acknowledge:

“Safe Care is Our Focus, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year”

In recognizing the year-round efforts to improve safe care, the Center is raising awareness by providing tools and resources for healthcare providers and consumers for Patient Safety Awareness Week!   This is how…..

  • Patient Safety Awareness Week Toolkit – a downloadable, customizable  resource for healthcare organizations to raise awareness about patient safety efforts – banners, posters, tent cards, buttons – and tips to help you get started!
  • Consumer Tips for Safe Care – highlighting consumer guidance and resources
  • Eighth Annual Patient Safety Conference, Safe Care: Our Focus 24/7/365, on March 21 in St. Louis. In-person and live streaming options available!   For more information or to register, visit   www.centerforpatientsafety.org/2014conference.

Call for Poster Displays – 2014 Patient Safety Conference

The Center for Patient Safety invites you to submit a poster display of your great success in safe practices at our 2014 Patient Safety Conference, Friday, March 21 in St. Louis!

All areas of healthcare are encouraged to share their improvement work including pharmacies, nursing homes, EMS agencies, hospitals, academia and many others!

All that is needed is a completed Poster Application submitted by February 21, 2014.   Please contact the Center with any questions or visit our conference website for further information.

We look forward to hearing from you!


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