Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Board Accepts Invite to Join the National Patient Safety Board Coalition

On September 6, Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, president and CEO of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, was invited by the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) Board of Directors to discuss opportunities to meaningfully engage patients and patient advocates in APSF's work.

Dr. Feinstein introduced the APSF Board of Directors to the National Patient Safety Board (NPSB) concept as a way to advance APSF's core mission of eliminating harm in health care and invited APSF to join the growing NPSB Advocacy Coalition. Immediately following Dr. Feinstein's presentation, the Board voted unanimously to support the effort to establish an NPSB.

The board meeting was held the day before the APSF Stoelting Conference in Nashville, where speakers addressed crucial patient safety issues in office-based and non–operating room anesthesia. The need for coordination across care settings and for incorporating technology solutions was discussed throughout the conference, highlighting clear themes and connections with the aims of the NPSB.

APSF was the first independent multidisciplinary organization created with the express purpose of avoiding clinical errors, especially those related to human error. Due to APSF's leadership, the specialty of anesthesiology is widely recognized as the pioneering leader in patient safety efforts. APSF's long history of innovation and engagement with technology solutions has served as an inspiration to the NPSB Advocacy Coalition. 

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