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National Patient Safety Goals.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL: The Joint Commission; 2010.
The National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) have become a critical method by which the Joint
Commission promotes and enforces major changes in patient safety in thousands of
participating health care organizations in the United States and around the world. While
the 2009 NPSGs include new regulations targeting the spread of infections due to multidrug-
resistant organisms, catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI), and surgical site
infections (SSI), the 2010 version is highlighted by revisions to existing goals rather than new
ones created. For example, medication reconciliation is no longer part of the scoring during
on-site surveys (though still being evaluated) while the Joint Commission further evaluates
this goal with additional literature reviews and expert input. The Universal Protocol to
prevent wrong site, procedure, and person surgery have also been modified for 2010, based
on feedback received by the Joint Commission. The 2010 NPSGs will be effective July 1,
USP initiatives for the safe use of medical gases.
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AORN guidance statement: "do-not-use" abbreviations, acronyms, dosage designations,
AORN J. 2006;84:489-492.
ISMP medication error report analysis.
Cohen M. Hosp Pharm. 2006;41:222-224.
Disruptive clinician behavior: a persistent threat to patient safety.
Porto G, Lauve R. Patient Safety Qual Healthc. July/August 2006;3:16-24.
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