Quality & Patient Safety

Although many 2009 NPSGs have moved to standards, still important to work toward compliance

Patient Safety Monitor, July 1, 2010

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Although the 2010 National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) are a much smaller set than last year’s version, keeping up with those goals that moved to the general standards is important for maintaining best practices as well as receiving fewer requirements for improvement on your next Joint Commission survey, according to Lisa Eddy, RN, CPHQ, CSHA, senior consultant at The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro, Inc., in Marblehead, MA. Eddy spoke at the 4th Annual Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals Conference in May.

“Is there any difference between a standard versus a goal? No, there’s really no difference because a National Patient Safety Goal is really just a standard, and many of the [elements of performance (EP)] continue to be direct impact,” said Eddy.

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