April 20, 2023

The Joint Commission: Top 5 most challenging requirements for 2022

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

The Joint Commission, on April 19, posted the Top 5 requirements and corresponding elements of performance (EPs) identified most frequently as “not compliant” during surveys and reviews in 2022.

The Top 5 for Hospitals have to do with:

  • Implementing infection control activities when performing intermediate and high-level disinfection and sterilization of medical devices and supplies (IC.02.02.01, EP2)
  • Conducting an environmental risk assessment to identify features in the physical environment that could be used to attempt suicide (NPSG.15.01.01, EP1)
  • Steps to take before administering medications (MM.06.01.01, EP3)
  • Ensuring that interior spaces meet patient needs and are safe and suitable for the services provided (EC.02.06.01, EP1)
  • Ensuring that ventilation systems provide appropriate pressure relationships, air exchange rates, filtration efficiencies, temperature, and humidity (EC.02.05.01, EP15).

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