NPSG 2017

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2017 National Patient Safety Goals

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  • The National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) were established in 2002 to help accredited organizations address specific areas of concern in regards to patient safety
  • The first set of NPSGs was effective January 1, 2003
  • The Patient Safety Advisory Group advises The Joint Commission on the development and updating of NPSGs

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Patient Identification

Goal 1:

Improve the accuracy of patient identification.

  • NPSG.01.01.01: Use at least two patient identifiers, name and date of birth, when providing care, treatment and services.
  • NPSG.01.03.01: Eliminate transfusion errors related to patient misidentification.

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Improve Communication

Goal 2:

Improve the effectiveness of communication among caregivers.

  • NPSG.02.03.01: Report critical results of tests and diagnostic procedures on a timely basis.

( 60 minutes or less)

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Medication Safety

Goal 3:

Improve the safety of using medications.

  • NPSG.03.04.01: Label all medications, medication containers, and other solutions on and off the sterile field in perioperative and other procedural settings.
  • NPSG.03.05.01: Reduce the likelihood of patient harm associated with the use of anticoagulant therapy.

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Medication Safety

  • NPSG.03.06.01: Maintain and communicate accurate patient medication information.

Record and pass along correct information about a patient’s medicines. Find out what medicines the patient is taking. Compare those medicines to new medicines given to the patient. Make sure the patient knows which medicines to take when they are at home. Tell the patient it is important to bring their up-to-date list of medicines every time they visit a doctor.

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Clinical Alarm Safety

Goal 6:

Reduce the harm associated with clinical alarm systems.

  • NPSG.06.01.01: Improve the safety of clinical alarm systems - ensure that alarms on medical equipment are heard and responded to on time

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Health Care-Associated Infections

Goal 7:

Reduce the risk of health care-associated infections.

  • NPSG.07.01.01: Comply with the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hand hygiene guidelines .

  • NPSG.07.03.01: Implement evidence-based practices to prevent health care-associated infections due to multidrug-resistant organisms in acute care hospitals.

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Health Care-Associated Infections

  • NPSG.07.04.01: Implement evidence-based practices to prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections.
  • NPSG.07.05.01: Implement evidence-based practices for preventing surgical site infections.
  • NPSG.07.06.01: Implement evidence-based practices to prevent indwelling catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI).

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Risk Assessment

Goal 15:

The organization identifies safety risks inherent in its patient population.

  • NPSG.15.01.01: Identify patients at risk for suicide.
  • NPSG.15.02.01: Identify risks associated with home oxygen therapy, such as home fires.