The Joint Commission has revised the 2010 National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs), and pre-publication versions for all applicable programs are now available on The Joint Commission Web site.
The changes, some of which are effective immediately, were made partly in response to concerns from the field about the resources needed to comply with NPSGs that have become more specific and detailed over time. The revisions include clarifying and streamlining certain elements of performance, as well as deleting some requirements and moving others to the standards.
For the remainder of 2009, during the on-site survey, surveyors will not evaluate compliance with the requirements that have been deleted. Other changes will be effective January 1, 2010.