IAPS 2022 submit 

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The I AM Patient Safety award is an annual contest that recognizes and celebrates healthcare staff for their individual or collective commitment to and influences on patient safety. It is a chance for us to celebrate the things that go right each day in healthcare to make our patients safer. We will also highlight two runners-up in each category to honor more patient safety heroes for their extraordinary work. We at the Patient Safety Authority (PSA) invite you to nominate individuals or teams who have made a difference in patient safety.

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!

Nominations must be submitted by December 10, 2021.

Award Categorgies

    1.    Ambulatory Care/Surgery Facility

    • The winner will be an individual or a team who advanced surgical safety
    • Examples include developing an innovative intervention to prevent surgical site infections, creating a process to prevent wrong-site surgeries, or involving patients in an improvement project

     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.    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

    6.     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

    7.     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

    8.     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<\li>

And this years' two new categories:

    9.    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

    10.   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

Judging criteria
 

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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