National Patient Safety Goals – Hospitals (Effective January 2022)
Each year, The Joint Commission publishes updates to their National Patient Safety Goals. Vision Software reviews the goals yearly and is pleased to report compliance with each related goal. For 2022, the goals related to nutrition and foodservice software are cited below, noting a renewed emphasis on anticoagulant drug-food interactions & education.
Goal 1: Improve the accuracy of patient identification.
NPSG.01.01.01 – Use at least two patient identifiers when providing care, treatment, and services.
Acceptable identifiers may be the individual’s name, an assigned identification number, telephone number, or other person-specific identifier.
Vision Software Compliance: All reporting & labeling options are reviewed during development to assure patient identifiers are goal compliant.
- Multiple identifiers are provided to validate menu selections ordering,
- Tray ticket formats are coded with at least two patient identifiers.
- Tray tickets and nourishment/supplement labels are coded for two identifiers, including arm band scanning.
Goal 3: Improve the safety of using medications
NPSG.03.05.01 – Reduce the likelihood of patient harm associated with the use of anticoagulant therapy.
To achieve better patient outcomes, patient education is a vital component of an anticoagulation therapy program. Effective anticoagulation education includes face-to-face interaction with a trained professional who works closely with patients to be sure that they understand the risks involved with anticoagulation therapy and the precautions they need to take. The hospital provides education to patients and families specific to the anticoagulant medication prescribed, including the following:
- Adherence to medication dose and schedule
- Importance of follow-up appointments and laboratory testing (if applicable)
- Potential drug–drug and drug–food interactions
- The potential for adverse drug reactions
Vision Software Compliance: Anticoagulant medications may be interfaced to the VST SuiteTM application, along with corresponding menu item compliancy controls and reducing the risk for drug-food interactions. During meal ordering, the facility will prompt users with a medication conflict warning for restricted items. In addition, patient education verbiage may be associated to the medication for clinical follow-up, as needed.
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