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Proposed 2009 NPSGs look at infection control, med rec

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, March 1, 2008

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The Joint Commission just closed the field review period for its proposed 2009 National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) requirements and implementation expectations (IE). The organization announced the proposed goals January 16 and accepted comments from the field until the end of February. These proposed NPSGs affect hospitals and critical access hospitals, ambulatory care and office-based surgery, behavioral healthcare, disease-specific care, home care, laboratories, and long-term care. The proposed goals for 2009 focus on the following areas: Goal #1, patient identification Goal #3, safe use of medications (laboratory only) Goal #7, healthcare-acquired infections (HAI), focusing on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile-associated disease (CDAD), catheter-associated bloodstream infections, and surgical site infections (SSI) in acute care hospitals Goal #8, medication reconciliation Goal #13, patient involvement in their own care

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