Preventing Infection After Surgery

1311 Words6 Pages
Abstract National Patient Safety Goal 07.05.01 Preventing Infection after Surgery is a multi-level, interdisciplinary approach to healthcare promotion. Surgical site infections not only increase the length of hospital stays and costs to patients, but they also increase the risk of mortality and morbidity post-operatively. This paper focuses on the ways to prevent infections before, during, and after surgery. Preventing Infections after Surgery NPSG 07.05.01 Introduction The Joint Commission (TJC) is a national organization that sets standards for healthcare agencies to meet and adhere to, to ensure a culture of safety for all patients by encouraging patients and families to become partners with healthcare professionals in protecting patients from harm. In 2002 TJC published its first annual set of National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) to require healthcare agencies to focus on specific, high-risk issues in nursing care (Ignatavicius & Workman, 2012). Since that time TJC has released a revised list each year and added new goals to promote patient safety in various health care settings. The focus of this paper is on NPSG 07.05.01, Preventing Infections after Surgery. It focuses on different ways to prevent infections before, during and after surgery in a hospital or outpatient surgical setting. What is NPSG 07.01.05? National Patient Safety Goal 07.05.01- Implement evidence-based practices for preventing surgical site infections- focuses on the eight elements of performance TJC has organized to decrease the risk of surgical site infections. These elements include educating staff and licensed independent practitioners involved in surgical procedures about surgical site infections and the importance of prevention, educating patients and their families about surgical site infection prevention, implementing policies and practice aimed at reducing the risk of

More about Preventing Infection After Surgery

Open Document