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2020 National 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.” But to bring focus to patient safety hot spots throughout the spectrum of care, each year The Joint Commission publishes their national patient safety goals. The goals touch on issues related to problems in healthcare safety and define steps on how to solve them. This post was updated in January, 2020 to reflect the most current information.

2020 National Patient Safety Goals

But to bring focus to patient safety hot spots throughout the spectrum of care, each year The Joint Commission publishes their national patient safety goals. The goals touch on issues related to problems in healthcare safety and define steps on how to solve them. 

This post was updated in January, 2020 to reflect the most current information.

Here are the patient safety goals for each area of care:

As you read through each publication, you’ll recognize these six themes:

  1. Patient identification accuracy
  2. Caregiver communication
  3. Medication safety
  4. Clinical alarm systems
  5. Infection prevention
  6. Surgery verification

Although they are similar to past years, they remain an ongoing challenge for health systems of all types to execute with 100% accuracy. But, in addition to internal systems, medical devices and the diligence of the clinical staff, processes and protocols that leverage healthcare labels are another patient safety improvement method that can help you meet national patient safety goals.

2020 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 s.


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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