Accreditation

Hospitals must be clear about using patient identifiers

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, May 1, 2007

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Editor's note: Each month, BOJ will analyze a National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) FAQ with expert analysis from The Greeley Company (TGC), a division of HCPro, Inc., in Marblehead, MA. You can find the complete list of NPSG FAQs answered by The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org/PatientSafety/NationalPatientSafetyGoals. It may be one of the original NPSGs, but #1A (use two patient identifiers when providing care) is still causing confusion in some hospitals. Further debate surfaced when the 2007 goals were originally released and The Joint Commission omitted an implementation expectation (IE) that said facilities must use two identifiers for special treatments and procedures-an IE that had been part of the goal since its creation.

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