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

CAUTI

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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