Joint Commission Revises National Patient Safety Goals Related to Healthcare-Associated Infections

PUBLISHED: May 23, 2017
Relevant to: Hospitals, Long Term Care

The Joint Commission (TJC) has announced revisions to National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) 7 which requires organizations to reduce the risk of health-care associated infections. All changes are effective January 1, 2018.

For hospitals and critical access hospitals (revisions) and for nursing centers (new) requirements include:

  • The addition of the organism carbapenem-resistent enterobacteriaceae (CRE) to the list of organisms for which organizations need to implement evidence-based practices to prevent health care– associated infections.
  • Ensuring that organizations provide education about health care–associated infections, multidrug-resistant organisms and prevention strategies for staff and licensed independent practitioners upon hire/granting of initial privileges and then are regularly schedule intervals thereafter.
  • Ensuring that education is provided to staff and licensed independent practitioners involved in managing central lines about prevention and treatment of central line– associated bloodstream infections. Education should be provided at hire and then a regularly schedule intervals thereafter and/or when involvement in these procedures is added to an individual’s job responsibilities or granting of initial privileges.

Follow the link below to access the new and revised requirements. Future StayAlert! Notices will review these requirements in greater detail and include updated example policies.

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