2006 Critical Access Hospital and Hospital
National Patient Safety Goals
Goals and Requirements are indicated in bold.
Improve the accuracy of patient identification.
1A Use at least two patient
identifiers (neither to be the patient's room number) whenever
administering medications or blood products; taking blood samples
and other specimens for clinical testing, or providing any other
treatments or procedures.
Improve the effectiveness of communication among caregivers.
2A For verbal or telephone
orders or for telephonic reporting of critical test results,
verify the complete order or test result by having the person
receiving the order or test result "read-back" the complete order
or test result.
2B Standardize a list of
abbreviations, acronyms and symbols that are not to be used
throughout the organization.
2C Measure, assess and, if
appropriate, take action to improve the timeliness of reporting,
and the timeliness of receipt by the responsible licensed
caregiver, of critical test results and values.
Implement a standardized approach to "hand off" communications,
including an opportunity to ask and respond to questions.
the safety of using medications.
3B Standardize and limit the
number of drug concentrations available in the organization.
3C Identify and, at a minimum,
annually review a list of look-alike/sound-alike drugs used in the
organization, and take action to prevent errors involving the
interchange of these drugs.
3D Label all medications,
medication containers (e.g., syringes, medicine cups, basins), or
other solutions on and off the sterile field in perioperative and
other procedural settings.
Reduce the risk of health care-associated infections.
7A Comply with current Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hand hygiene guidelines.
7B Manage as sentinel events
all identified cases of unanticipated death or major permanent
loss of function associated with a health care-associated
Accurately and completely reconcile medications across the
continuum of care.
8A Implement a process for
obtaining and documenting a complete list of the patient's current
medications upon the patient's admission to the organization and
with the involvement of the patient. This process includes a
comparison of the medications the organization provides to those
on the list.
A complete list of the patient's medications is communicated to
the next provider of service when it refers or transfers a patient
to another setting, service, practitioner or level of care within
or outside the organization.
the risk of patient harm resulting from falls.
9B Implement a fall reduction
program and evaluate the effectiveness of the program. Note:
Replacement for 9A