IAPS 2022 

Do you know a patient safety hero? Tell us about them! Mark your calendar for the 9th Annual I AM Patient Safety (IAPS) Awards: The nomination period will be open from October 11–December 10, 2021.

IAPS is an annual contest that recognizes individuals and teams for their commitment to patient safety. Traditionally IAPS has celebrated healthcare workers in Pennsylvania; however, last year we added a nationwide award for an individual, team, or facility outside the Commonwealth that has made an impact. This year we created two new award categories, Sepsis and Time-Out, and in addition to our award winners we will also highlight two runners-up in each category to honor more patient safety heroes for their extraordinary work.

So get your nominations ready and help us celebrate those who are making a difference every day and helping advance safe healthcare for all patients!

Award Categorgies

    1.    Ambulatory Care/Surgery Facility

    • The winner will be an individual or a team who advanced surgical safety
    • Examples include improving the time-out process, involving patients in an improvement project, and developing an innovative intervention to prevent surgical site infections

     2.     IMPROVING DIAGNOSIS

    • The winner will be an individual or a team who enhanced the diagnostic process or made considerable effort to reduce diagnostic error
    • Examples include improving patient/family communication around the diagnostic process; expanding the diagnostic team with nonproviders, e.g., nurses, therapists, techs, and patients; crafting technological solutions to reduce misdiagnosis; and improving the diagnosis and management of a medical condition

    3.     INDIVIDUAL IMPACT- GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND

    • The winner will be an individual who made a significant impact on a patient or their facility
    • Examples include taking steps to provide exceptional patient care, providing a heartfelt moment for a patient/colleague, creating a fun/innovative care environment, and stories that makes you say “Wow!”

    4.     LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY

    • The winner will be an individual or a team who advanced patient safety at a long-term care facility within Pennsylvania
    • Examples include identifying and communicating a safety concern, initiating a new program/process to prevent infections, involving residents in a patient safety initiative, and reducing the rate of a healthcare-associated infection or other safety-related metric

    5.     SAFETY STORY (NEAR MISS OR CLOSE CALL)

    • Near misses are circumstances that could have caused patient harm but did not
    • The winner will be in individual or a team who intervened before an injury occurred.
    • Examples include reporting an event catalyzed facility-wide change, implementing a new inspection process following equipment failure, and identifying a potentially catastrophic situation

    6.     TRANSPARENCY AND SAFETY IN HEALTHCARE

    • The winner will be an individual or a team who improved transparency to advance patient safety
    • Examples include demonstrating commitment to transparency by leadership, broadly disseminating lessons learned from an event, designing and implementing a new process to link disclosure and system improvement, and employing an integrated team approach to safety and transparency

    7.     NATIONWIDE WARRIORS

    • Open to any individual or team in the United States
    • The winner will be an individual or a team who went above and beyond to advance patient safety, developed innovative harm reduction strategies, or created a nurturing care environment for their patients

    8.     PHYSICIAN OFFICES

    • Open to Pennsylvania medical offices independently licensed or part of a larger health system
    • The winner will be an individual or team who demonstrated the importance of patient safety in the physician office setting

    9.     TRANSPARENCY AND SAFETY IN HEALTHCARE

    • The winner will be an individual or a team who improved transparency to advance patient safety
    • Examples include demonstrating commitment to transparency by leadership, broadly disseminating lessons learned from an event, designing and implementing a new process to link disclosure and system improvement, and employing an integrated team approach to safety and transparency

And this years two new categories:

    10.    SEPSIS

    • The winner will be an individual or a team who advanced the diagnosis or treatment of sepsis
    • Examples include developing a new/better process for early recognition, creating a more robust treatment model, or implementing a successful initiative to reduce sepsis mortality

    11.   TIME-OUTS

    • The winner will be an individual or a team who best used or innovated time-outs
    • Examples include using a time-out to prevent an adverse event, implementing bedside/procedural time-outs, or innovating surgical time-outs 

Judging

Judges select individuals and teams from nominations, submitted by healthcare facilities throughout Pennsylvania and throughout the country, for their individual and/or team commitment to imprving patient safety.

  • Evident commitment to patient safety
  • Focus on high-level changes (for example, barriers and forced functions) and replicability
  • Indicative of strong patient safety culture in the facility
  • Initiative taken by individual/group

Past Winners

2021 Patient Safety Winners 

2020 Patient Safety Winners 

2019 Patient Safety Winners

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