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ABSTRACT: On May 17Y19, 2010, the National Patient Safety Foundation(NPSF) held its Annual Patient Safety Congress in Orlando, Florida. Entitled 'Getting Results: Solutions That Work', the meeting reinforced the need to focus on critical work in patient safety as health care reform begins to unfold. Without this focus, the industry will not be able to realize the Institute of Medicine's aims for safer, more efficient, equitable, timely, and truly patient-centered health care. The NPSF Congress provided meaningful content through plenary and breakout sessions that discussed a variety of real-world tools, resources, and evidence-based solutions to safety issues. The Congress was co-chaired by 2 distinguished leaders in patient safety: Doug Bonacum, MBA, BS, vice president for Safety Management at Kaiser Permanente and a member of the board of directors of NPSF; and Barbara J. Youngberg, JD, MSW, BSN, visiting professor in the School of Law at Loyola University Chicago and a member of the board of directors of NPSF. The main conference was preceded by 2 concurrent day-long workshops and 2 half-day workshops: Leadership Day: Creating An Accountable Culture to Drive Needed Change; Community Engagement from the Patient and Family Perspective; Simulation Fundamentals to Advance Your Patient Safety Agenda; and Measurement Boot Camp: Strategies and Tactics for the Real World. The Congress featured 4 plenary sessions, 35 breakout sessions, and the debut of the Learning and Simulation Center, which created an environment for attendees to engage in hands-on, interactive settings and provided real-world solutions to improve patient safety and quality of care. This article provides summaries of the plenary sessions.
Journal of Patient Safety 09/2010; 6(3):128-36.