Joint Commission releases 2010 National Patient Safety Goals

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October 7, 2009

The Joint Commission released the 2010 National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) last week, announcing to the field a significant reduction in the number of requirements from the 2009 NPSGs, reports HealthLeaders Media.

The 2010 NPSGs for hospitals contain 11 requirements, down from 20 in the 2009 (the nine missing goals have not been removed; they are now regular standards instead). There are no new NPSGs, although NPSGs 07.03.01, 07.04.01, and 07.05.01—which were phase-in goals during 2009 about preventing multiple drug-resistant organisms, central line-associated bloodstream infections, and surgical site infections—are now expected to be fully implemented and facilities will have to comply with them as of January 1, 2010. Additionally, many of the existing NPSGs contain significant changes for 2010.

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