Web site spotlight: Proposed changes to National Patient Safety Goals

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, September 4, 2009

On May 12, The Joint Commission released proposed changes to the National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG), effective in 2010. The Joint Commission collected feedback on these proposed changes through June.

One of the most problematic and frequently cited NPSG elements of performance (EP) is NPSG.02.01.01, which addresses how organizations handle reporting of critical test results to physicians.

In 2006, based on The Joint Commission's annual report, only 61.4% of the organizations surveyed saw improvement in effectively communicating results deemed critical to patient care. Since its addition as an EP related to NPSG 2, effective communication, organizations have struggled to define "the list," establish reasonable reporting time frames, determine documentation strategies to facilitate data collection, and improve the reporting of this critical information to advance patient care.

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