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Joint Commission 2005 National Patient Safety Goals
The following goals were developed for home health care, but may not apply to all areas of home health, says Maryanne L. Popovich, RN, MPH, executive director of the Joint Commission home care accreditation program.
To verify which goals apply to your agency, durable medical equipment division, or infusion service, go to www.jcaho.org, click on 2005 National Patient Safety Goals under "Headline News" on right side of home page, then choose home care, and then choose "Applicability Grid."
The new goals or requirements for 2005 are listed in boldface:
Goal: Improve accuracy of patient identification.
Goal: Improve the effectiveness of communication among caregivers.
Goal: Improve the safety of using medications.
Goal: Improve the safety of using infusion pumps.
Goal: Reduce the risk of health care-associated infections.
Goal: Accurately and completely reconcile medications across the continuum of care.
Goal: Reduce the risk of patient harm resulting from falls.