The National Patient Safety Goals Are Effective Essay

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There are a large number of professional organizations specific to healthcare. One such organization The Joint Commission, is a non-profit independent organization that certifies and accredits over 19,000 healthcare organizations in the United States. [Their mission statement is] “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, 2011). The National Patient Safety Goals were implemented 2002. The goals later became effective January 1, 2003 to address specific areas of concern in regards to patient safety. Upon implementation, …show more content…
Medication reconciliation forms are validated for accuracy and included in the hand off communication report. [Another benefit of reconciling medications is it]
“Allows the provider the opportunity to review the patient’s previously administered medication therapy while formulating the inpatient plan of care and medication regimen
The goal is to ensure medications are ordered in the correct dose, route, and frequency,

while also distinguishing any omissions, duplications, interactions, and name, dose or

route confusions (Johnson, 2011, p. 15).
As a result, a study conducted by The Joint Commission revealed a drastic decrease from forty four medication errors in 2010 to twenty eight medication errors in 2011. Also included within the goal of medication safety is reducing the risk of harm to the patient with the use of anticoagulants. “Hospitals are required to have a standard concentration of all forms of anticoagulants, oral unit dose products, pre-filled syringes, and pre-mixed infusion bags”
(Cleveland Clinic, 2009, p. 3). All patients starting on Coumadin therapy prophylaxis or long term has a baseline INR drawn before the first dose is administered. In the hospital setting an
INR is drawn before anticoagulation therapy is started and routinely during treatment. Also, when a patient in

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