National Patient Safety Goals

Improve the accuracy of patient identification
NPSG.01.01.01 Use at least two patient identifiers when providing care, treatment and services. For example, use the patient’s name and date of birth.
NPSG.01.03.01 Eliminate transfusion errors related to patient misidentification. Make sure that the correct patient gets the correct blood when they get a blood transfusion.
Improve staff communication
NPSG.02.03.01 Report critical results of tests and diagnostic procedures on a timely basis.
Improve the safety of using medications
NPSG.03.04.01 Label all medications, medication containers and other solutions on and off the sterile field in perioperative and other procedural settings.
NPSG.03.05.01 Reduce the likelihood of patient harm associated with the use of anticoagulant therapy.
NPSG.03.06.01 Maintain and communicate accurate patient medication information.
Reduce the harm associated with clinical alarm systems
NPSG.06.01.01 Improve the safety of clinical alarm systems.
Reduce the risk of health care-associated infections
NPSG.07.01.01 Use the hand cleaning guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization.
NPSG.07.03.01 Implement evidence-based practices to prevent health care-associated infections due to multidrug-resistant organisms in acute care hospitals..
NPSG.07.04.01 Implement evidence-based practices to prevent infection of the blood from central line.
NPSG.07.05.01 Implement evidence-based practices to prevent surgical site infections.
NPSG.07.06.01 Implement evidence-based practices to prevent indwelling catheterassociate urinary tract infections.
Identify patient safety risks
NPSG.15.01.01 Identify patients at risk for suicide.
Preventing Wrong Site, Wrong Procedure and Wrong Person Surgery
UP.01.01.01 Conduct a pre-procedure verification process.
UP.01.02.01 Mark the procedure site.
UP.01.03.01 A time-out is performed before the procedures.
NOTE: The following Joint Commission Patient Safety Goals have been integrated into the Joint Commission Standards, but still are expectations and important to the overall goals of Patient Safety:
● Read-back verbal orders
● Unacceptable Abbreviations
● High Alert Drugs and Look-Alike/Sound Alike Drugs
● SBAR Reporting Format
● Fall Reduction
● Patient Involvement in Own Care
● Rapid Response Team/Condition H