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October 2017

Joint Commission: Quick Safety on daily safety briefings

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on June 28 posted a Quick Safety on daily safety briefings--a hallmark of high reliability organizations. Safety briefings--also called safety huddles, daily check-ins, or daily safety calls--are used to give keep frontline staff and leadership informed. The briefings can be used to: share issues that…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 29, 2017
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Joint Commission: HLD, sterilization top challenges for ambulatory health care

Editor's Note Leading the Joint Commission’s Top Ten Challenging Standards for accredited ambulatory health care organizations during the past year was infection control standard IC.02.02.01, EP 2: The organization reduces the risk of infections associated with medical equipment, devices, and supplies by performing a high-level disinfection and sterilization. In 2016,…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 27, 2017
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Joint Commission offers free VTE compendium of resources

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on June 21 announced its new, free venous thromboembolism (VTE) compendium of resources. The compendium was developed to help clinicians, healthcare educators, and other healthcare professionals provide reliable and up-to-date patient education materials for VTE and anticoagulation therapy. Joint Commission Online Weekly Newsletter

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By: Judy Mathias
June 23, 2017
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Joint Commission redesigns ESC form

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on June 21 a redesign of its Evidence of Standards Compliance (ESC) form. The form was redesigned to help organizations focus on describing the critical aspects of corrective actions they have taken to resolve Requirements for Improvement, and to help ensure sustainability of those…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 21, 2017
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Joint Commission: Revisions to LS, EC chapters effective January 2018

Editor's Note Revisions to the Life Safety (LS) and Environment of Care (EC) chapters for Behavioral Health Care, Laboratory, Nursing Care Centers, and Office-Based Surgery accreditation programs, based on adoption of the 2012 editions of the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 101: Life Safety Code and NFPA 99: Health Care…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 16, 2017
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Joint Commission revises Safety Goal on HAIs

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on May 31 announced the revision of requirements for National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) 7: Reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections. The changes are effective January 1, 2018. The requirements include: NPSG.07.03.01−Multidrug-resistant organisms. The changes help address infection prevention strategies to contain outbreaks, which now…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 1, 2017
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Joint Commission posts addendums for radiation risks of diagnostic imaging

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on May 30 posted addendums to its Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 47: Radiation risks of diagnostic imaging. Risks associated with ionizing radiation in diagnostic imaging included cancer, burns, and other injuries. The addendums update broken links, resources, and references. Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 47: Radiation…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 31, 2017
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Joint Commission: Safety update on improperly sterilized, HLD equipment

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on May 24 issued a new Quick Safety update on improperly sterilized or high-level disinfected (HLD) equipment, which continues to be a frequently scored noncompliant standard (IC 02.02.01). The update includes expanded safety actions to help leaders oversee sterilization and HLD processes and ensure that…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 25, 2017
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Joint Commission: Phase 3 of EP Review Project yields 515 more deletions

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on May 3 that accreditation programs for ambulatory care (85 fewer), behavioral healthcare (63 fewer), critical access hospitals (143 fewer), home care (65 fewer), laboratories (50 fewer), nursing care centers (59 fewer), and office-based surgery practices (50 fewer) will see fewer elements of performance…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 4, 2017
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Joint Commission creates new SAFER Matrix resources portal

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on May 3 announced the creation of a new SAFER [Survey Analysis for Evaluating Risk] Matrix web portal for information and resources on the scoring methodology that went into effect on January 1. Among the portal features: A webinar and slide deck that discusses the…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 4, 2017
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