Accreditation

Labeling meds an issue outside the operating room

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, July 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, which publishes this newsletter. You can find the complete list of NPSG FAQs answered by The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org/PatientSafety/NationalPatientSafetyGoals. After the largest decline in compliance of any NPSG from 2006 to the first quarter of 2007, the question has to be asked: "What are hospitals doing wrong regarding NPSG #3D?" The drop from 91.1% compliance of labeling medication and solution containers in 2006 to 84.8% in January-March 2007 could mean that surveyors were looking more closely at this goal, but more likely it was due to confusion about the settings to which the goal applied.

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