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5 Steps To Meeting Joint Commission Patient Safety Goals

Patient safety. It’s embedded into the processes and procedures of all health systems. Yet, consistently executing effective patient safety remains an ongoing challenge. In fact, faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health characterized patient safety improvements in hospitals as “excruciatingly slow.” There are steps you can implement to improve the process.

Earlier this year, the Joint Commission established their 2018 national patient safety goals and suggested steps to mitigate common problems they observe in healthcare settings. Although healthcare solutions are often costly and complex, there are straightforward steps you can take to improve patient safety that don’t include big dollar expenditures. Instead they integrate effective communication labels and signs that heighten medical staff awareness at key patient touchpoints.

Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals

1 - Identify Patients Correctly

Use two forms of identification to ensure patients get the correct medication and treatments.

Wristband Labels

Admission Labels And Wristbands Help You Achieve Effective Patient Identification

Admission labels and wristbands are the first step in patient identification and the foundation of patient safety in hospitals. They provide positive patient identification and communicate important information to the medical staff including allergies, fall risk and other medical alerts.


Communication Labels

2 - Improve Staff Communication

Get important test results to the right person in a timely manner

Communication Labels Help Direct Effective Processes

Communication labels capture and convey important results for quick action. They simply impart information and ensure a greater understanding of processes.


Anesthesia Drug Labels

3 - Use Medicines Safely

Label medicines that are not conventionally labeled. For example, medicines in syringes, cups and basins. Best accomplished in the area where medicines and supplies are set up. Record and pass along correct information about a patient’s medicines.

Anesthesia Drug Labels Aid Effective Medication Dispensing

Unlabeled containers that look alike, drugs names that sound alike, and illegible handwriting create medication dispensing challenges. Anesthesia drug labels help prevent confusion and misidentification. For example, printed medication names eliminate errors resulting from illegible handwriting. And for prepared medications, labels allow the medical staff to record key data points, such as drug name, strength and more, to aid in proper dispensing. In addition, anesthesia drug labels highlight medications that have been added to IVs, helping to prevent dispensing errors and overdosing.


Caution Labels

4 - Use Alarms Safely

Make improvements to ensure that alarms on medical equipment are heard and responded to on time

Alarms Can’t Be Heard If They Don’t Work

Biomedical clinical engineering labels help health systems track and communicate important safety, maintenance, calibration and inspection information to ensure that alarms sound when needed.


Contact Precaution LabelsWash Your Hands

5 - Prevent Infection

Use the hand cleaning guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization. Use proven guidelines to prevent infections...

  • That are difficult to treat
  • Of the blood from central lines
  • After surgery
  • Of the urinary tract that are caused by catheters

Hand Hygiene Prevents The Spread Of Infections

According to the CDC, hand hygiene is the simplest approach to preventing the spread of infections. Infection control labels inform and guide staff, patients and visitors to take appropriate precautions.

United Ad Label develops products that aid and enhance patient safety processes in health systems, hospitals, clinics, physician offices, nursing homes and more. If your protocol requires a different message, color or process that UAL stock products do not address, check out our custom solutions. We can create the exact label you need that meets your Joint Commission patient safety goals. Click here to learn more.

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