Joint Commission Releases New 2012 Patient Safety Goal

The Joint Commission has published a new National Patient Safety Goal for 2012 that focuses strictly on catheter-associated urinary tract infections for hospital and critical access hospital accreditation programs.

In order to fulfill this new goal, hospitals are put to task to implement evidence-based best practices to prevent CAUTI. The Joint Commission notes that this goal does not apply to pediatric patient populations.

Elements of the new patient safety goal include planning for full implementation by Jan. 2013, inserting indwelling urinary catheters according to evidence-based guidelines, managing indwelling urinary catheters according to evidence-based guidelines and measuring/monitoring all related processes and outcomes.

To view The Joint Commission's new patient safety goal regarding CAUTI in full, click here.

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