About NCPS

In 2005, the Patient Safety Improvement Act was passed by the Nebraska Legislature and signed by Governor Heinemann. This Act directed the five founding Associations (Nebraska Hospital Association, Nebraska Medical Association, Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants, Nebraska Pharmacists Association and the Nebraska Nurses Association) to establish a private, nonprofit patient safety organization, independent of state agencies—The Nebraska Coalition for Patient Safety (NCPS).  In 2009, NCPS became a federally designated patient safety organization.  The goal of both the state and federal legislation is to increase the likelihood that all people who seek health care in Nebraska and across the U.S.  are not harmed by the care that is intended to help them.

Improving patient safety requires teamwork and communication.  Team members include physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals responsible for the patient’s well-being while in a healthcare environment.  The leader of the healthcare team is you, the patient!  You should be well informed as a healthcare consumer.  One of the ways in which you can be well informed is to be well educated.  Below are some resources for you to use.  You may also want to consult your healthcare provider should you like additional information.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors

National Patient Safety Foundation
What You Can do to Make Healthcare Safer

The ABC’s of Patient Safety

The Joint Commission
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. www.jointcommission.org

VA National Center for Patient Safety
The center was established in 1999 to develop and support a culture of safety throughout the Veterans Health Administration. Their goal is the nationwide reduction and prevention of inadvertent harm to patients as a result of their care. www.patientsafety.gov/index.html