NPSF Awards Grants to Study Rapid Response Team Events, Patient Handoffs

The National Patient Safety Foundation has announced it has awarded $200,000 in grants to two researchers to study rapid response team events and patient handoffs, according to a news release.


The NPSF Board Research Grant has been awarded to James Gray, MD, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, for his project, "Trigger Events as a Burst-like Phenomena: Understanding the Role of Care Team Structure and Designing Solutions." Dr. Gray and his team will study the transmissible nature of patient events requiring intervention by a rapid response team.


The Hospira Research Grant has been awarded to Emily Patterson, PhD, of Ohio State University Medical Center, for her study, "Patient Handoffs: the Impact of a Fresh Perspective on Patient Mortality in Critical Care Settings." Dr. Patterson's two-year study which will use targeted ethnographic observations in two intensive care units to explore multiple questions related to changes in diagnoses after handoffs, strategies employed by staff during handoffs to increase patient safety and team members’ willingness to speak up about safety concerns.


The grant recipients were selected from 125 submissions.


NPSF has supported 36 research projects with more than $3.6 million in grant funding since 1998.

Read the news release about the research grants from the National Patient Safety Foundation.


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