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JCAHO's 2003 National Patient Safety Goals.

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has issued National Patient Safety Goals and Recommendations for 2003. The first two patient safety goals and recommendations directly affect the laboratory. They are summarized below.

Goal 1: Improve the accuracy of patient identification. Recommendations:

* Use at least two methods patient identifiers (neither to be the patient's room number) whenever taking blood samples or administering medications or blood products.

* Prior to the start of any surgical or invasive procedure, conduct a final verification process, such as a "time out", to confirm the correct patient, procedure, and site, using active-not passive-communication techniques.

Goal 2: Improve the effectiveness of communication among caregivers. Recommendations:

* Implement a process for taking verbal or telephone orders that requires a verification "read-back" of the complete order by the person receiving the order.

* Standardize the abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols used throughout the organization, including a list of abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols not to use.

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Title Annotation:The Clinical Chemist
Author:Bruns, David E.
Publication:Clinical Chemistry
Date:Sep 1, 2002
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