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The Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation’s Education Committee recommends the following resources:

Safety Toolkit from the UK's College of Emergency Medicine Featuring Safer Sign Out

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EMPSF Patient Safety Sentinel

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EMPSF 2nd Annual Patient Safety Summit:

On March 22 & 23, 2012, EMPSF held its 2nd Annual Patient Safety Summit: From Insights to Outcomes: Getting Results! The meeting brought together key stakeholders and thought leaders from across the emergency care continuum. Among the distinguished panel of speakers were the presidents of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Emergency Nurses Association, National Patient Safety Foundation and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management. The meeting represented a cross-section of the emergency medicine community with representatives and patient safety experts from over 21 states and Canada participating.

Summit Program & Agenda program 12.pdf

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EMPSF 1st Annual Patient Safety Summit:

Patient Safety in Emergency Care: Excellence in Outcomeswas held at the Four Seasons Hotel, May 5-6th, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. As the inaugural emergency care patient safety conference, the Summit created a focused environment for attendees and patient safety experts to come together to discuss challenges, hear about solutions and integrate with their peers to advance patient safety in emergency care.

Summit Agenda & Speakers program11.pdf

EMPSF 1st Annual Patient Safety Summit Presentations. Patient Safety in Emergency Care:
Excellence in Outcomes. May 5-6, 2011

Patient Safety Briefings

EMPSF Forum:

"The Newsletter for Members of the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation"






EMPSF E-Newsletter:

EMPSF 2012 2nd Qtr (PDF)

EMPSF 2012 1st Qtr (PDF)

EMPSF 2011 3rd Qtr (PDF)

EMPSF - Medication Safety Form

In support of National Patient Safety Awarness Week, the EMPSF Education Committee developed a medication safety form for patients to complete and share with their medical providers.

Click on this link to access the form

Optimizing Physician-Nurse Communication in the Emergency Department: Strategies for Minimizing Diagnosis-Related Errors:

ed_white_paper_min_diagnosis_errors.pdf Used with permission by: CRICO/Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions

HHS video to prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs): Partnering to Heal: Teaming Up Against Healthcare-Associated Infections.  Click Here to Access. 

MITTS (Medically Induced Trauma Support Services) Clinician Support Toolkit:



Agency for Healthcare Research (AHRQ):

10 Patient Safety Tips for Hospitals

Agency for Healthcare and Quality (AHRQ):

Multifaceted Program Increases Reporting of Potential Errors, Leads to Action Plans to Enhance Safety. The Good Catch Program http://www.innovations.ahrq.gov/content.aspx?id=273

Physicians on Call:

California's Patchwork Approach to Emergency Department Coverage prepared for the California Healthcare Foundation by Performance Alliance with the University of Southern California, Center for Health Financing, Policy & Management, Feb 2011 http://www.chcf.org


Patient Safety in Emergency Medicine [Hardcover]
Pat Croskerry (Editor), Karen S Cosby (Editor), Stephen M Schenkel (Editor), Robert L Wears (Editor)

Understanding Patient Safety (LANGE Clinical Medicine) [Paperback]
Robert Wachter (Author)

The Patient Safety Handbook [Hardcover]
Barbara Youngberg (Editor) and Martin Hatlie (Editor)

Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals: How One Doctor’s Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care from the Inside Out [Hardcover]
Peter Pronovost (Author), Eric Vohr (Author)

Human Error [Paperback]
James Reason (Author)

Just Culture: Balancing Safety and Accountability [Paperback]
Sidney Dekker (Author)

Government Publications:

To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System
Linda T. Kohn, Janet M. Corrigan, and Molly S. Donaldson, Editors
Committee on Quality of Health Care in America
Institute of Medicine (IOM), National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.

Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses

The Future of Emergency Care in the United States Health System
Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the United States Health System
Board on Health Care Services, Institute of Medicine,
Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press; 2006

Journal Articles:

Improving Interunit Transitions of Care Between Emergency Physicians and Hospital Medicine Physicians: A Conceptual Approach

Christopher Beach, MD, Dickson S. Cheung, MD, MBA, MPH, Julie Apker, PhD, Leora I. Horwitz, MD, MHS, Eric E. Howell, MD, Kevin J. O'Leary, MD, Emily S. Patterson, PhD, Jeremiah D. Schuur, MD, MHS, Robert Wears, MD, and Mark Williams, MD, Academic Emergency Medicine, October 2012; 19:1188-1195 by the Society for Academic Evergency Medicine.  Click here to access article.

"Improving Handoffs in the Emergency Department"
05 October 2009, February 2010 (Vol. 55, Issue 2, Pages 171-180), Annals of Emergency Medicine,

Dickson S. Cheung, MD, MBA, MPH, John J. Kelly, DO, Christopher Breach, MD, Ross P. Berkeley, MD, Robert A. Bitterman, MD, Robert I. Broida, MD, William C. Dalsey, MD, MBA, Heather L. Farley, MD, Drew C. Fuller, MD, MPH, David J. Garvey PhD, MD, Kevin M. Klauer, DO, Lynne B. McCullough, MD, Emily S. Patterson, PhD, Julius C. Pham, MD, PhD, Michael P. Phelan, MD, JD, Jesse M. Pines, MD, MBA, MSCE, Stephen M. Schenkel, MD, MPP, Anne Tomolo, MD, MPH, Thomas W. Turbiak, MD, John A. Vozenilek, MD, Robert L. Wears, MD, MS, Marjorie L. White, MD.

, American College of Emergency Physicians Section of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Annals Emerg Med 2010, Feb; 55(2):17180.



"ED Overcrowding is Associated with an Increased Frequency in Medication Errors"
Kulstad, EB, Sitka, R., Sweiss, RT, Kelley, KM, Rzechula, KH, Am Journal of Emerg Med 2010, 28:304-309

"Do Emergency Physicians Attribute Drug Related Emergency Department Visits to Medication Related Problems?"
Hohl, CM, Zed, PJ, Brubacher JR, Abu-Labam, RB, Loewen, PS, Purssell, RA, Annals Emerg Med., 2010;55:493-502

"Wait Times at Emergency Departments Continue to Increase Nationwide"

"Emergency Physician Perceptions of Patient Safety Risks"
Sklar, DP, Crandall, CS, Zola, T, Cunningham, R, Annals of Emergency Med., 2009;55:336-340.

"The Nature and Causes of Unintended Events Reported at Ten Emergency Departments"
Smits, M., Groenewegan, PP, Timmermans, DRM, vanderWal, G., Wagner, C., BMC Emerg Med 2009:9:16


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