Website spotlight: Proposed NPSGs focus on additional HAIs

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, February 18, 2011

Remember in August 2010 when The Joint Commission announced there would be no new National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) for 2011? Although that statement still holds true, it seems The Joint Commission has already set its sights on new goals for implementation in 2012.

In December 2010, the regulatory agency announced it would be seeking input on two NPSGs that address HAIs, specifically ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). The comment period ran from December 2 to January 27, 2011.

Fortunately, the new goals address many of the evidence-based practices that are already implemented in most hospitals across the country. The proposed goals are based on strategies found in the HAI Prevention Compendium developed by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and the Infectious Diseases Society of America in partnership with APIC, The Joint Commission, and the American Hospital Association.

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