The National Quality Forum has endorsed 14 patient-safety measures related to complications such as wrong-site surgery, medication errors, patient burns and postoperative pulmonary embolism.
The measures—developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Joint Commission, the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the Ambulatory Surgery Center Quality Collaboration—were reviewed by NQF's 26-member Patient Safety-Complications Steering Committee
, according to a news release. The committee is charged with identifying and endorsing new measures related to complications as well as re-evaluating previously endorsed measures.
All 14 of the measures have been endorsed by NQF for at least three years and are “undergoing NQF endorsement maintenance,” the organization said in the release
. The committee reviewed 27 measures, endorsing 14 and leaving three measures under consideration.
“The ongoing evaluation and updating of endorsed measures ensures they are current and relevant to NQF's patient safety portfolio,” the group said in the release.
The next phase of the committee's work will address measures related to pressure ulcers, healthcare-associated infections and patient falls, according to the NQF website.
NQF came under criticism
recently after it endorsed a measure related to preventable hospital readmissions, despite strong opposition from providers.