Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety
July 7, 2015
In This Issue

Strengthening Relationships Between Patients and their Care Teams to Improve Safety

MAPS has begun work on this important strategic priority. We are exploring how organizations are committing to patient engagement practices, particularly, engaging patients at both the individual and organizational levels. In our current phase, we want learn what is most needed to support engagement efforts so that we can deliver valuable resources.  


MAPS plans to produce patient engagement content (e.g. how-to guides for the patient advisors themselves, as well as for the organizations) as well as establish community sharing/learning forums and conferences, and potentially create a first-of-it's kind patient and family advisory council across care settings. We are reaching out to a variety of organizations at various levels of practice to gather information for this topic.   


Catherine Schramm is working with MAPS on this project. She will be interviewing several organizations to get input on best practices as well as doing an environmental survey to compile resources for MAPS and its members. Prior to her work with MAPS, Catherine worked as the Director of Quality and Patient/Employee Safety for HealthEast Care System. Catherine plans to pursue her PhD in Human Factors and Ergonomics with a safety focus this fall at the University of Minnesota. We are happy to have Catherine working with us this summer to help launch MAPS important work on this topic.

If you have any questions, or any suggestions of an individual or team willing to discuss what they are learning, please email Catherine or call her 651-795-1284.  


MAPS' 2016 Conference Committee Needs You!


Believe it or not, planning for MAPS 2016 conference is already underway! The 2016 Conference will be October 27 & 28, 2016 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. MAPS is looking for volunteers to help plan the conference. Job descriptions for these volunteer roles will soon be available on MAPS website.


IOM report on Safety & Quality Measurement in Healthcare

In April 2015, the Institute of Medicine released a report proposing a streamlined set of 15 standardized measures for health and healthcare. This report is timely as MAPS works on its strategic priority of convening and aligning the community around shared goals for safety & quality.

The hope is that this carefully chosen set of measures will provide consistent benchmarks for health progress.

See more at IOM's website

NPSF RCA2 report


The National Patient Safety Foundation released a report developed to help health care organizations improve the way they investigate medical errors, adverse events, and near misses. The report entitled "RCA2: Improving Root Cause Analyses and Actions to Prevent Harm may be downloaded from the NPSF website.


NPSF will hold a free webinar to discuss the new guidelines during an open webcast scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, at 12:00 PM central time.


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions! Our email and phone number are below.

Marie and Betsy

Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety | 612-362-3756 |
1300 Godward St NE, Suite 2500
Minneapolis, MN 55413