7 patient safety goals for 2021 from Joint Commission

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The Joint Commission recently shared seven patient safety goals for hospitals to focus on in 2021. 

Every year, the organization gathers new evidence on emerging patient safety issues to inform its goals for the upcoming year.

The information also influences "sentinel event alerts, standards and survey processes, performance measures, education materials and Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare projects," the accrediting body said on its website.

The Joint Commission's 2021 national patient safety goals for hospitals are: 

1. Improve the accuracy of patient identification.

2. Improve staff communication.

3. Improve the safety of medication administration.

4. Reduce patient harm associated with clinical alarm systems.

5. Reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections.

6. Better identify patient safety risks in the hospital. 

7. Better prevent surgical mistakes.

For a complete breakdown of each goal, click here.

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