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NPSG Guidelines


NPSG - What does this mean? National Patient Safety Goals.
NPSG - Goal 1. Improve the accuracy of patient identification. Use at least two patient identifiers when providing care, treatment and services.
NPSG - Goal 2. Improve the effectiveness of communication among caregivers. Report critical results of tests and diagnostic procedures on a timely basis.
NPSG - Goal 3. Improve the safety of using medications. Label all medications, medication containers, and other solutions on and off the sterile field in perioperative and other procedural settings.
NPSG - Goal 7. Reduce the risk of health care–associated infections. Comply with either current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hand-hygiene guidelines or World Health Organization (WHO) hand-hygiene guidelines.
NPSG - 8. Accurately and completely reconcile medications across the continuum of care. *No longer applicable in 2012. Patients are at high risk for harm from adverse drug events when communication about medications is not clear. The chance for communication errors increases whenever individuals involved in a patient’s care change.
NPSG - Goal 9 - Reduce the risk of patient harm resulting from falls. Reduce the risk of falls.
NPSG - Goal 10 - Reduce the risk of influenza and pneumococcal disease in institutionalized older adults. *No longer applicable in 2012. Develop and implement a protocol for administration and documentation for vaccines to manage an outbreak.
NPSG - Goal 11 - Reduce the risk of surgical fires. *No longer applicable in 2012. Educate staff providers on how to control heat sources.
NPSG - Goal 13 - Encourage the active involvement of patients and their families in the patient’s own care as a patient safety strategy.*No longer applicable in 2012. Define and communicate the means for patients and their families to report concerns about safety, and encourage them to do so.
NPSG - Goal 14 - Prevent health care-associated pressure ulcers (decubitus ulcers).*No longer applicable in 2012. Assess and periodically reassess each patient’s risk for developing a pressure ulcer and take action to address any identified risks.
NPSG - Goal 15: The organization identifies safety risks inherent in its patient population. Identify patients at risk for suicide.
NPSG - Goal 16: Improve recognition and response to changes in a patient’s condition. *No longer applicable in 2012. The organization selects a suitable method that enables health care staff members to directly request additional assistance from a specially trained individual(s) when the patients condition appears to be worsening.
NPSG - Universal Protocol for Preventing Wrong Site, Wrong Procedure, and Wrong Person Surgery. 1. Conduct a pre-procedure verification process. 2. Mark the procedure site. 3. A time-out is performed before the procedure.
NPSG - When was the first set of NPSGs effective? January 1, 2003.
NPSG - Goals that are no longer applicable: 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16.
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