The Joint Commission changes 2 National Patient Safety Goals

The Joint Commission announced changes to two of its National Patient Safety Goals have gone into effect.

Here's what you should know about the changes:

1. NPSG.07.03.01 related to multidrug-resistant organisms, which was applicable to hospitals and critical access hospitals, was expanded to include nursing care centers. The goal was also revised to include carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae and to allow organizations an appropriate time frame to educate their staff.

2. NPSG.07.04.01 related to central line-associated bloodstream infections had the elements of performance reordered and the goal modified to allow for an appropriate time frame to educate staff at hospitals and critical access hospitals.

The goal was also modified for nursing care centers, once again adding a time frame to educate residents and staff.

The Joint Commission made the decision to modify the goals after collecting insight from the organization's Patient Safety Advisory Group. The PSAG is made up of several healthcare professionals.

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