Accreditation

National Patient Safety Goals Element of Performance revisions

Accreditation Connection, June 28, 2010

The Joint Commission announced revisions to four Elements of Performance within the National Patient Safety Goals. These changes are intended to reflect current best clinical practices. When the EPs were first developed, they aligned with the best practices of the time, but as standards of practice have evolved, the need to update and improve the NPSGs must follow current best practices. The affected EPs are:

  • NPSG.03.05.01 EP 6: Related to anticoagulant therapy-required lab-tests.
  • NPSG.07.04.01 EP 11: Related to central line-associated bloodstream infections, specifically antiseptics for skin preparation.
  • NPSG.07.05.01 EP 7: Related to surgical site infections, specifically administration of antimicrobial agents for prophylaxis.
  • NPSG.07.05.01 EP 8: When hair removal is necessary, use a method that is cited in scientific literature or endorsed by professional organizations. Also related to surgical site infections, specifically hair removal.

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