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Facts about the National Patient Safety Goals

December 12, 2016

In 2002, The Joint Commission established its National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) program; the first set of NPSGs was effective January 1, 2003. The NPSGs were established to help accredited organizations address specific areas of concern in regard to patient safety.

Development of the Goals

A panel of widely recognized patient safety experts advise The Joint Commission on the development and updating of NPSGs. This panel, called the Patient Safety Advisory Group, is composed of nurses, physicians, pharmacists, risk managers, clinical engineers and other professionals who have hands-on experience in addressing patient safety issues in a wide variety of health care settings. The Patient Safety Advisory Group works with Joint Commission staff to identify emerging patient safety issues, and advises The Joint Commission on how to address those issues in NPSGs, Sentinel Event Alerts, standards and survey processes, performance measures, educational materials, and Center for Transforming Healthcare projects. Following a solicitation of input from practitioners, provider organizations, purchasers, consumer groups and other stakeholders, The Joint Commission determines the highest priority patient safety issues and how best to address them. The Joint Commission also determines whether a goal is applicable to a specific accreditation program and, if so, tailors the goal to be program-specific.

Changes effective for 2017 for NPSG.07.06.01 on CAUTI 

For 2017, National Patient Safety Goal 07.06.01 (Implement evidence-based practices to prevent indwelling catheter-associated urinary tract infections) has been expanded to the Nursing Care Center Accreditation program, and has been revised for the Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Accreditation programs. Previously, a note for the NPSG excluded pediatric populations; that note has been removed based on new evidence-based practices. A new note provides references and links to supporting literature. Also, there are new and revised elements of performance (EPs) for the Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Accreditation programs: 


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