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Understanding the 2010 Ambulatory Care National Patient Safety Goals

The purpose of the National Patient Safety Goals is to improve patient safety. The goals focus on problems in health care safety and how to solve them.

Identify Patient Correctly

  • For your safety, staff will ask you two questions that will ensure your identification so that they give the right medication or the right treatment to the right person. For example, the questions may include your name and date of birth.

Use Medicines Safely

  • All medications, syringes, cups, and basins are labeled so that no one gets confused over their content.

  • Because of the effects of blood thinners, extra precautions will be taken when they are administered.

Prevent Infection

  • For everyone’s safety, staff and patients should use the World Health Organization’s or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s posted guidelines for hand hygiene.

  • Continually updated standards of practice are in place to prevent infections to the body where surgery has been done.

Check Patient Medicines

  • Every patient is asked for a list of current medications to ensure compatibility with any new medications that may be prescribed during his or her visit.

  • To ensure that you receive important medications, staff members will always inform your next provider about medications currently used to treat you.

  • Before you are released, you may be given a list of medications to take at home (with an explanation of their purposes and side effects).

  • When your doctor or nurse reviews the medications you should take upon discharge, be sure to let them know of any other medications that you may be taking at home (to ensure compatibility).

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