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Patient Education Reference Center and 2014 Hospital National Patient Safety Goals

Patient Education Reference Center (PERC) offers a wealth of patient-focused content that supports these patient-facing 2014 Hospital National Patient Safety Goals:

  • Goal 3 – Improve the safety of using medications.

  • Goal 7 – Reduce the risk of health care–associated infections.

  • Goal 9 – Reduce the risk of patient harm resulting from falls.

  • Goal 15 – Identify safety risks inherent in patient population.

The latest NPSGs mandate patient education in the following key areas:

  • Anticoagulant Therapy—PERC provides detailed instructions for the patient taking Warfarin.

  • Central Line Associated Infections—comprehensive instructions on caring for a central line catheter (both adults and children).

  • Fall Reduction—a variety of discharge instructions and lifestyle articles that explain how to prevent hip fractures, and how to choose a walker or cane when needed.

  • Healthcare Associated Infections—in-depth articles about drug-resistant infections, fact sheets on diseases such as MRSA, CDI, VRE, TB and pneumonia, discharge instructions, and lifestyle articles on personal hygiene and hand washing.

  • Surgical Site Infections—PERC offers discharge instructions on caring for surgical wounds and laceration repair.

  • Preventing Indwelling Catheter—Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) — detailed instructions on how to care for caring for an indwelling catheter; both male and female versions available.

  • Identify Patients at Risk for Suicide—PERC includes discharge instructions for Suicidal Ideation adult and child, with crisis hotline information included.