New Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal for Long Term Care Organizations

The Joint Commission (TJC) has added a new National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) for Long Term Care organizations, effective January 1, 2017.  NPSG.07.06.01 requires Long Term Care (LTC) organizations, accredited by TJC, to implement evidence-based practices to prevent indwelling catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). This NPSG is already in effect for hospitals and critical access hospitals.

Requirements of NPSG.07.06.01 for LTC organizations include:

  • Providing education, on the prevention of CAUTIs, to appropriate staff and independent practitioners at the time of hire and at times established by the organization
  • Providing CAUTI education to patients and families
  • Developing policies and procedures addressing criteria for the use of, insertion of and maintenance of an indwelling urinary catheter
  • Performance Improvement: measure and monitor CAUTI policies, procedures and outcomes

Evidence-based practice guidelines can be found at:

APIC Implementation Guide:  Guide to Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections, 2014

CDC Guideline for the Prevention of Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections, 2009

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