What’s New in the Patient Safety World

January 2011

Joint Commission Proposed New National Patient Safety Goals for 2012

 

 

The Joint Commission has proposed two new National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG’s) for 2012. The 2 new NPSG’s address prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI’s). Both utilize the consensus guidelines published jointly in 2008 by SHEA (the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology in America) and IDSA (Infectious Diseases Society of America).

 

For VAP prevention, the focus is on hand hygiene before and after contact, maintaining patients in the semirecumbent position, regular antiseptic oral care, daily assessment for readiness to wean, and daily sedation interruption.

 

For CAUTI prevention, the focus is on limiting use and duration of indwelling catheters, using aseptic techniques for catheter insertion and maintenance, and proper management of catheter drainage systems.

 

Both proposed NPSG’s also contain provisions for surveillance, monitoring and measurement.

 

The proposals are requesting comments from the field, with comments due by January 27, 2011.

 

Meanwhile, you can find the 2011 National Patient Safety Goals here.

 

 

References:

 

 

The Joint Commission. Proposed National Patient Safety Goals addressing ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)

Start Date: December 2, 2010
End Date: January 27, 2011

http://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/6/NPSGs_CAUTI-VAP_HAP_20101119.pdf

 

 

 

The Joint Commission. 2011 National Patient Safety Goals.

http://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/6/2011_NPSGs_HAP.pdf

 

 

SHEA/IDSA. Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated

Infections in Acute Care Hospitals. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2008; 29(10): 901-994

http://www.shea-online.org/about/compendium.cfm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


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