Joint Commission 2011 National Patient Safety Goals


Joint Commission 2011 National Patient Safety Goals


The purpose of the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) is to promote specific improvements in patient safety. The goals highlight problematic areas in health care and describe evidence- and expert-based solutions to these problems. This tool reflects the revised NPSGs to reflect The Joint Commission’s continuing efforts to focus on topics that are of highest priority to patient safety and quality care.

Updates to implementation expectations are provided for the following 2010 NPSGs:

  • Goal 1: Improve the accuracy of patient identification
  • Goal 2: Improve the effectiveness of communication among caregivers
  • Goal 3: Improve the safety of using medications
  • Goal 7: Reduce the risk of health care–associated infections
  • Goal 8: Accurately and completely reconcile medications across the continuum of care
  • Goal 9: Reduce the risk of patient harm resulting from falls
  • Goal 14: Prevent health care–associated pressure ulcers (decubitus ulcers)
  • Goal 15: The organization identifies safety risks inherent in its patient population


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Release Date: 2010
Original Summary: December 2010
Last Updated: 01/19/11

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