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Call for Speaker Proposals

The call for speaker proposals has closed.​

The call for posters will open on November 17. Please check back.

The preliminary track topics for the 2018 NPSF Patient Safety Congress were developed through a series of planning calls that reviewed 2017 attendee feedback, input from our Board and Planning Committee members, and other feedback channels from our patient safety community. The 2018 Congress will include six (6) track themes, listed below.

The breakout sessions for the 2018 Congress will be organized around these topics. We encourage proposals that address the track topics as they relate to the entire health care continuum.

Preference will be given to proposals that address patient and family engagement and that demonstrate sustainability in best practices and innovation. All accepted proposals must identify nonproprietary and pragmatic tools and resources. Abstracts that discuss safety work in pediatrics are also encouraged. Submissions from all countries are welcome.

Please Note: Due to accreditation restrictions, abstracts that are submitted with speakers from commercial entities are not able to be approved for CE and CME, and it is unlikely that they will be selected by our planning committee.   

  1. Advancing Safety Science

Topics could include:

        • New and emerging practices

        • High reliability, lean, six sigma

        • Root cause analysis and action

        • Human factors

        • Culture and using culture survey data

        • Reduction of health-care associated harm

        • Standardization of handoffs

​2. Culture of Safety in the Workplace

Topics could include:

        • Establish a compelling vision for safety

        • Value trust, respect, and inclusion

        • Select, develop, and engage your board

        • Prioritize safety in selection and development of leaders

        • Lead and reward a just culture

        • Establish organizational behavior expectations  

3. Harnessing Technology to Improve Safety

Topics could include:

        • Innovations in safety technology
        • Optimizing alarms, alerting, and/or decision support
        • Remote care technology, virtual care/telehealth
        • Identifying and mitigating unintended consequences of technology
        • From business case to selection and successful deployment
        • Health information technology
        • Simulation
        • Transitions of care across the information technology continuum
        • Cyber security

​4. Medication Safety Across the Continuum

Topics could include:

        • Best practices in medication safety

        • New emerging issues and innovations in medication safety

        • Medication safety monitoring and risk assessment

        • Medication adherence

        • Medication reconciliation

        • Opiate safety/crisis management

        • Drug diversion

5. Patient Safety in Non-hospital Settings

Topics could include:

        • Patients and families as co-producers of safe care
        • Transitions/coordination of care/referral management
        • Infections, test results, diagnostic error
        • Medical/surgical home
        • Equity
        • Community-based care​
        • End of life care
        • Skilled nursing, rehabilitation, ambulatory facilities, and home health

6. Workforce Safety: A Prerequisite for Joy in Work

Topics could include:

        • Second victim
        • Managing disruptive behavior
        • Building resiliency and reducing burnout
        • Respect in the workplace
        • Interprofessional education
        • Workforce safety (physical and psychological​)
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