The National Patient Safety Goals are established on an annual basis to help caregiving organizations provide the best possible service to their charges. As outlined in a post from Manchester Specialty Insurance, insurance companies pay close attention to these guidelines to help evaluate risk management. The established checklist is meant to help organizations not only provide a safer experience for patients but also identify and correct potential problem areas to caregiving nationwide.
To become part of a careful risk management program, institutions and businesses must understand each aspect of the guidelines. These goals help healthcare officials and insurance companies identify potential risk factors and are as follows:
- Correctly identify patients
- Improve communication between staff
- Correct and safe use of medications
- Infection prevention and care
- Fall prevention
- Health-care related pressure ulcer prevention
- Identify safety risks for patients and professionals
These rules help to create an environment where caregivers and their patients can work in safety and security. In addition, following these guidelines help to reduce overall medical costs by stopping accidents and preventing mistakes before they happen. This can raise premiums and make healthcare restrictive to patients in dire need of assistance. By following the NPSG, organizations can help keep costs and premiums down, letting your business provide the kind of healthcare your patient deserves.