• Regulation
  • Published July 2014

National Patient Safety Goals.

The National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) have become a critical method by which The Joint Commission promotes and enforces major changes in patient safety. The criteria used for determining the value of these goals, and required revisions to them, are based on the merit of their impact, cost, and effectiveness. Recent changes have focused on preventing hospital-acquired infections and medication errors, in addition to existing goals promoting surgical safety, correct patient identification, communication between staff, and identifying patients at risk for suicide. The most recent change in added improving the safety of hospital alarm systems as an NPSG.

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