The Joint Commission On Accreditation Of Healthcare Organizations

977 Words Feb 29th, 2016 4 Pages
With many health care facilities being the backbone of society, patient safety is the number one goal. For this reason, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), has put together a set of National Patient Safety Goals as called NPSGs. NPSGs were established in 2002, and these goals were made, “to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value,” (The Joint Commission, 2016, para 2). Just like the United States Constitution, there are amendments and in the Joint Commission’s situation, modifications are made for new precautions and concerns that have risen within. Whether the goals involve proper patient identification, medication safety use, or improving communication between healthcare professionals and staff, these modifications reflect the Joint Commission’s ongoing efforts to ensure quality care and overall safety of patients.
Safety barriers in hospitals are set to ensure patient safety, which helps define quality care. Keeping patients safe is a challenging situation due to many errors and mistakes that can happen. “A medication error is a failure in the treatment process that leads to, or has the potential to lead to, harm to the patient,” (Aronson, 2009, para 1). According the Institute of Medicine (IOM), medical error deaths are estimated to be 98,000…

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