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National Patient Safety Goals Fact Sheet

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 regarding patient safety.

Development of the Goals

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, including as a NPSG. 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.

Note: National Patient Safety Goals is a registered trademark of The Joint Commission.

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