Muskie School of Public Service

Maine Patient Safety Academy

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Thursday, September 8, 2016
Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine Portland campus

"A rising tide raises all boats"



Thank you for participating in the Patient Safety Academy!

We had a record attendance of over 200 participants!

Back by popular demand, Dr. J. Bryan Sexton, Director of the Duke Patient Safety Center for the Duke University Health System, led us in two dynamic and engaging seminars.

His research on resilience, safety culture, and teamwork have resulted in assessment tools used worldwide. 

Dr. Bryan Sexton


Dr. Sexton presented two 90 minute seminars:

 The Intersection of Safety Culture, Psychological Safety, and Workforce Resilience

 Resilience Enhancing Tools: Cultivating Kindness, Moments of Awe and Wonder


View or download the agenda here.  View or download the workshop descriptions


 Rising Tide Award: Rising Tide Awards were presented to three individuals who have helped advance patient safety within Maine through their leadership, dedication and innovation. Congratulations to Donna McEachern, Rita Owsiak, and Erin Ingalls. See the Press Release here
Please consider nominating someone for next year! 

Show 'N’ Share  (A practice-sharing opportunity). We were delighted to have two new poster sessions this year along with our organizational exhibitors. Emily Wilson, MPH, MS, CHES is currently an Instructor of Public Health at the MA College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and a doctoral student at Simmons College. She provided a poster describing the emerging trauma-informed education initiatives.  Melissa Pelkey, RN, BSN, CNOR, is Director of Perioperative Services and Infection Prevention at Sebasticook Valley Health.  She presented a display of patient safety ideas for malignant hyperthermia, including a set of cards with defined roles and a specific documentation sheet. Thank you Emily and Melissa for sharing the great work you are doing!
Show 'N Share is open to anyone involved in patient safety activities. All ideas are welcome: Story Board, Mock-up, Scrapbook, Collage, Poster, Demonstration, etc. No project or idea is too large or too small. Student work is also welcomed. Consider presenting at next year's Patient Safety Academy!

Slide presentations are available for download:

Cultural Building Blocks of High Reliability in Healthcare: Where Do We Stand? (Brown, Gibbs)

Free From Harm: National Patient Safety Foundation Roadmap to Improve Safety (Graydon-Baker)

LTC Pharmacy: Medication Reconciliation at the Transition of Care in the Electronic Age (Oland)

Normalization of Deviance: Patient Safety Implications (Rogers)

Providing Informal Feedback (Korn)

Spreading Right Care: It Starts With ME (Day/Arford)

Super Bugs Need Super Heroes: Colistin Resistance Super Hero Training Academy (Owsiak)

Telehealth in the VA: Lessons Learned and Future Directions (Rooney)

When Medications Hurt: Preventing Adverse Drug Events in Your Care Setting (Watford/Crowe)


For more information, please contact the Patient Safety Academy team:

Karen Pearson,

Judy Tupper,

Chelsea Pickett,