The National Quality Forum updated its list of practices to help providers implement safer care.
The list, developed through the standards-endorsing bodys Safe Practices for Better Healthcare program, now includes 34 practices. The original list of 30 was first released in 2003 and underwent an update in 2006, as well. The latest list includes seven new practices in areas such as pediatric imaging, catheter-associated urinary tract infection and multidrug-resistant organisms, said Stacy Fiedler, an NQF spokeswoman. Some older practices have either been retired or folded into other practices in the list, she added.
The practices are chosen through the NQFs voluntary consensus standards program, which includes conducting research into the evidence base for best practices and strengthening implementation guidance. The NQF also plans to conduct a year-long webinar series on the latest safe practices to provide healthcare practitioners implementation strategies.