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Patient Safety Updates

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Facts about patient safety

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As part of its mission, The Joint Commission is committed to improving health care safety for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , National Patient Safety Goals , Patient Safety , Sentinel Event , Speak Up , Universal Protocol , Patient Safety Fact Sheets

11/19/2014
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The Joint Commission Presents 2014 Enterprise Champion for Quality Award to BrightStar Care®

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For the second consecutive year, The Joint Commission has presented BrightStar Care® with the Enterprise Champion for Quality award. The award recognizes BrightStar Care for its efforts to promote the delivery of high-quality home health care to its franchisees through Joint Commission accreditation.

Related Items: Home Care , Enterprise Champion for Quality , Patient Safety , Quality

11/06/2014
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New Hospital Accreditation Chapter Puts Heightened Focus on Safety

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New Hospital Accreditation Chapter Puts Heightened Focus on Safety

Related Items: Patient Safety , News Releases

10/20/2014
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Patient Safety Systems Chapter for the Hospital program

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The 2015 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals includes the new "Patient Safety Systems" chapter, a blueprint for leaders that uses existing standards to achieve an integrated approach to patient safety.

Related Items: Hospital , Patient Safety , Standards , Patient Safety Systems

10/17/2014
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Facts about the Patient and Family Advisory Council

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A diverse group of nationally prominent individuals and organizations serve on The Joint Commission’s Patient and Family Advisory Council.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Patient Safety , Patient Rights , Advisory Group Fact Sheets

09/12/2014
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Joint Commission Education Module Aims to Reduce Long Term Care Infection

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The Joint Commission today released an innovative online educational tool designed to apply the principles of high reliability to reducing infections in long term care settings such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Related Items: News Releases , Patient Safety , Infection Control , Infection Prevention , Nursing Care Center

07/23/2014
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Facts about patient-centered communications

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Effective communication is critical to the successful delivery of health care services. The Joint Commission supports a number of efforts to improve communication between health care professionals and patients. It’s been estimated that there are more than 300 languages spoken in the United States...

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Health Literacy , Hospital, Language, & Culture , Patient Safety , Speak Up , Patient Safety Fact Sheets , Patient-centered communications

07/17/2014
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Facts about the National Patient Safety Goals

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In 2002, The Joint Commission established its National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) program; the first set of NPSGs was effective January 1, 2003. The NPSGs were established to help accredited organizations address specific areas of concern in regard to patient safety.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Behavioral Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Home Care , Hospital , Laboratory Accreditation Program , Nursing Care Center , National Patient Safety Goals , Patient Safety , CAUTI , Patient Safety Fact Sheets

07/15/2014
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Facts about the Official “Do Not Use” List of Abbreviations

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In 2001, The Joint Commission issued a Sentinel Event Alert on the subject of medical abbreviations, and just one year later, its Board of Commissioners approved a National Patient Safety Goal...

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Patient Safety , Patient Safety Fact Sheets

06/27/2014
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Facts about Speak Up™ Initiatives

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The Joint Commission’s award winning Speak Up™ program urges patients to take an active role in preventing health care errors by becoming involved and informed participants on their health care team. First launched as a print campaign in March 2002 with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services,

Related Items: Fact Sheets , General Public , Patient Safety , Speak Up , Patient Rights , Patient Safety Fact Sheets

05/15/2014
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Advanced Certification in Heart Failure: Standardized Performance Measures

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The Joint Commission has approved a set of standardized performance measures for Disease Specific Care Advanced Certification in Heart Failure (ACHF). These measures have been developed to better evaluate the care provided to the Heart Failure patient with an emphasis on transitions of care.

Related Items: Advanced Certification , Disease-Specific Care , Heart Failure , Patient Safety , Other Measures

05/14/2014
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Speak Up: About your depression

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Everybody feels blue sometimes, but depression is more than that. Don’t wait for depression to go away, Speak Up and get the help you need!

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Related Items: Depression , Patient Safety , Speak Up , Speak Up Videos , Transitions of Care

05/06/2014
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Speak Up: Acerca de su depresión

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Todos nos sentimos tristes de vez en cuando, pero la depresión es más que eso. Si no se trata, la depresión puede causar mucho daño, así que ¡haga oír su voz!

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Related Items: Speak Up (Spanish) , Patient Safety , Speak Up Videos , Depression

05/06/2014
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How to reach the goal of zero patients harmed

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Joint Commission President and CEO Dr. Mark Chassin delves into the promising steps healthcare organizations can take to achieve this goal in an article published in Media Planet’s special publication “Patient Safety.”

Related Items: Blog , Patient Safety

03/26/2014
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2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients Announced

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The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF) announce the 2013 recipients of the annual John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards.

Related Items: News Releases , Eisenberg Award , Patient Safety

01/27/2014
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Facts about the Patient Safety Advisory Group

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In April 2002, The Joint Commission appointed a panel of widely recognized patient safety experts to advise it on the development of Sentinel Event Alert, The Joint Commission’s patient safety newsletter. At that time, the panel was named the Sentinel Event Advisory Group.

Related Items: National Patient Safety Goals , Patient Safety , Sentinel Event , Patient Safety Fact Sheets , Advisory Group Fact Sheets

01/10/2014
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Our children’s health depends on appropriate imaging practices and shared decisions

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There is no doubt that ionizing radiation can improve diagnostic accuracy, preventing some patients from undergoing unnecessary surgery, and it can even save lives. Yet, this benefit is not without a cost. Though there is debate about the magnitude of the relationship, there is no dispute that ionizing radiation is a carcinogen, and that children are especially susceptible to its damaging effects.

Related Items: Blog , Radiation , Patient Safety , X-ray , Imaging , Physician

12/04/2013
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The Joint Commission Releases New Speak Up™ Video on Important Role of Health Care Advocates

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The Joint Commission today released a new Speak Up™ video titled, “Ask Your Advocate to Speak Up,” to illustrate the important role health care advocates play in patient treatment.

Related Items: Advocate , Speak Up Videos , Patient Safety , Speak Up , News Releases

11/25/2013
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What hurts your patients can also hurt your staff

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I clearly recall my first needlestick as a young staff nurse. I was recapping a used needle (which was the correct procedure at that time) and accidentally missed. I remember a feeling of dread; could I have contracted something from my patient? Fortunately, I didn’t. But from that time forward, I handled all needles with extra care around my patients and myself. Later, evidence showed that recapping needles resulted in more harm than good, exposing staff to unnecessary danger.

Related Items: Blog , Patient Safety

11/25/2013
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Ask your advocate to Speak Up!

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Your advocate can be a partner in your care, helping you through every step of your treatment. Watch this video and ask your advocate to Speak Up!
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Related Items: Transitions of Care , Speak Up , Patient Safety , Speak Up Videos

11/22/2013
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Speak Up ¡Pídale a su intercesor que haga oír su voz!

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Su intercesor puede ser su compañero en su cuidado, ayudándole en cada paso de su tratamiento.  Vea este video y pregúntale a su intercesor que... ¡Haga oír su voz!
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Related Items: Speak Up (Spanish) , Speak Up Videos , Patient Safety

11/22/2013
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SBAR – a powerful tool to help improve communication!

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On November 12, the Home Care team presented a webinar on “Fostering Safe, Effective Care Transitions.” Following the presentation, several listeners had questions about a powerful tool that is being widely adopted in healthcare today and one we use frequently here at The Joint Commission enterprise, the SBAR.

Related Items: Patient Safety , Home Care , Home Care Accreditation

11/19/2013
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Joint Commission to study health IT and patient safety

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Recently, The Joint Commission announced it had received a sole source contract from the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to help identify unsafe health information technology (health IT) conditions associated with serious patient safety events.

Related Items: Patient Safety , Health Information Technology , Laboratory Accreditation Program , Laboratory Blog

07/19/2013
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