Joint Commission

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June 2021

The Joint Commission announces 2020 Eisenberg Award winners

Editor's Note The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum (NQF), on June 9, announced the recipients of the 2020 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards. The awards recognize and honor initiatives in three categories: Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality at the National Level—Veterans Health Administration Rapid Naloxone…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 10, 2021
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Joint Commission Resources launches Digital Learning Center

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced June 2 that Joint Commission Resources, Inc, (JCR) has launched a new subscription-based Digital Learning Center (DLC) to provide on-demand accreditation and compliance courses and content. In addition to JCR’s digital content, which includes webinars, videos, PolicySource, and digital newsletters and e-books, the DLC…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 8, 2021
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ISMP releases perioperative medication safety tool

Editor's Note The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), on May 18, released a new perioperative medication safety self assessment to help hospitals, ASCs, and other surgery settings evaluate their medication practices and identify challenges and opportunities for improvement. The tool also offers providers a way to document compliance with…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 20, 2021
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The Joint Commission announces top 5 most challenging requirements for 2020

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on May 12, listed the top 5 standards most frequently identified as “not compliant” during surveys and reviews from January 1 to December 31, 2020. The top five for accredited hospitals are: NPSG.15.01.01: Reduce the risk for suicide. EP1. IC.02.02.01: The hospital reduces the risk…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 13, 2021
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The Joint Commission offers new COVID-19 resources

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on April 28, announced that it has developed a new COVID-19 vaccine resources page to help consumers make a more informed decision about getting vaccinated. The page provides insights from experts about the vaccines, resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and sample…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 29, 2021
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The Joint Commission's safety alert supports removal of surgical smoke

Surgical smoke is a complex issue that has not gained a lot of traction over the years. Legislation to mandate smoke evacuation was introduced more than 20 years ago, but the first law wasn’t passed until 2018, and only three US states thus far have enacted legislation. Release of The…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
April 19, 2021
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The Joint Commission issues new Heads-Up Reports for first quarter 2021

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on April 14, announced that new Heads-Up Reports for first quarter 2021 are now available for all accredited programs. The downloadable report is posted in the “Resources and Tools” section of an organization’s secure Joint Commission Connect extranet site. Each report identifies important topics or…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 15, 2021
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The Joint Commission releases 2020 sentinel event statistics

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on March 24, released its sentinel event statistics for 2020, which totaled 794. The top five most frequently reported events were: Falls: 170 Unintended retention of a foreign object: 106 Suicide: 81 Delay in treatment: 76 Wrong-site surgery: 68. The Joint Commission’s Office of Quality…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 25, 2021
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Importance of critical event debriefs cannot be overstated

During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers nationwide have experienced patient deaths on a scale like never before. Whether from COVID-19 or other complications, surgical services staff sometimes lose patients despite their best efforts, and these failures to rescue can leave lasting psychological or emotional scars. Many healthcare facilities have ramped…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
March 19, 2021
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Joint Commission extends reduced volume requirements for advanced stroke certification programs

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on March 3 announced that it is extending the reduced volume eligibility requirements for its advanced Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC) and Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) certification programs through May 31 because the number of patients seeking care for strokes continues to vary because of COVID-19.…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 4, 2021
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