Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation

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What We Do


  • Our goal is to be the definitive resource for patient safety in emergency medicine.


  • EMPSF is dedicated to improving patient safety in the practice of emergency medicine through education, research, collaboration and training.

What We Do:

  • Provide grant funding for emergency medicine patient safety research
  • Foster innovation through research and design to create best practices
  • Identify patient safety issues and solutions
  • Provide education and sharing of knowledge through our webinars, resource library, special events and our annual patient safety summit
  • Create forums for learning
  • Establish collaborative initiatives for patient safety advocacy
  • Create partnerships among providers, patients and the community


  • EMPSF and EMF in June 2010 agree to co-sponsor a grant of $10,000, EMPSF and the American College of Emergency Physician’s Emergency Medicine Foundation jointly fund research in emergency medicine patient safety
  • EMPSF’s Board of Directors in 2009 approves funding for a small grants program created to assist ED practitioners with their development of innovative ideas and strategies to improve quality and advance safety in the ED. Grant funding range is $500-$1,000
  • Patient Safety Organization (PSO) designation awarded on October 4, 2009, by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), on behalf of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. PSOs are designed to help clinicians, hospitals and health care organizations improve the care they deliver to patients by encouraging them to conduct quality and safety analyses. PSOs also are designed to aggregate data across multiple health care provider groups, which will help identify issues quickly and allow improved early warning and communication about ways of reducing risk and improving quality
  • EMPSF, in 2007 partners with the American Hospital Association and the National Patient Safety Foundation to provide grant funding for tuition for research fellow to attend 12 month AHA/NPSF Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship, purpose of which is to provide critical knowledge, tools, and leadership skills to help create a culture of patient safety in their respective organizations
  • EMPSF/SAEM Patient Safety Research Fellowship Grant, developed in 2007, EMPSF and the Society for Academic Medicine (SAEM) jointly fund a $75,000 award over a 12-month period to enhance the career development of an emergency medicine patient safety researcher
  • EPIC, the Emergency Physicians Insurance Company becomes the Founding Sponsor of the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation in 2003, leading the way for other Risk Retention Groups to participate in emergency medicine patient safety