ED Quality News: 2007
National Patient Safety Goals
The JCAHO has just released its proposed 2007 National Patient Safety Goals.
All interested parties are urged to review and comment upon
these goals. The comment period ends January 8th, 2006.
Website Link To Field Review
Click here to complete the online field review
on the JCAHO website.
All hospital emergency departments must address these new
proposed Patient Safety Goals:
Identify safety risks
inherent in their patient population (recasts two patient safety goals for 2006
as requirements under the new goal).
Improve recognition and
response to changes in patientsí conditions.
Discourage disruptive staff
behavior such as condescending language or refusal to answer questions, which
can decrease morale and have a negative effect on patient safety.
Provide orientation to
temporary / agency workers to minimize the potential for errors and implement
processes to identify health care worker fatigue which poses a threat to patient
Improve medication safety
in order to reduce the likelihood of patient harm associated with the use of
anticoagulants (new requirement for the existing goal).