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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

02/05/2016
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Facts about Speak Up™

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In March 2002, The Joint Commission launched its Speak Up™ patient safety program. Over time, the program has expanded to more than 40 countries and features infographics, animated videos, brochures and posters.

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

01/20/2016
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Modern Healthcare Q&A with Joint Commission CEO

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Joint Commission CEO Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, recently spoke with Modern Healthcare magazine about a wide range of issues, from changes to our recognition program to the overall safety of health care today. His insights are available in a Q&A and a podcast.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Behavioral Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Disease-Specific Care , Health Care Staffing , Home Care , Hospital , Laboratory Accreditation Program , Nursing Care Center , Patient Safety , Palliative Care , Integrated Care Certification

01/14/2016
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Patient Safety Systems Chapter for the Hospital program

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"Patient Safety Systems" (PS) chapter as shown in the 2015 Update 2 to the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals.

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

01/05/2016
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History of The Joint Commission

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History of The Joint Commission thru 2015

Related Items: The Joint Commission , Patient Safety , Certification , Accreditation

12/28/2015
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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

12/10/2015
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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

12/02/2015
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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

11/17/2015
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John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award

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2015 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award submissions will be accepted from September 8 through October 30, 2015. Winners will be notified February 1. 2016.

Related Items: Eisenberg Award , Patient Safety

11/03/2015
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Using Speak Up™ in your organization

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Speak Up messages, brochures infographics and videos are currently being used in a variety of ways in Joint Commission accredited organizations, community and civic organizations, and other health care-related companies.

Related Items: Patient Safety , Speak Up

09/14/2015
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The Joint Commission Launches Free Educational Campaign on Appropriate and Safe Use of Antibiotics

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The Joint Commission today launched its Speak Up™ on Antibiotics campaign to help educate the public on the appropriate and safe use of antibiotics, as well as the risks associated with antibiotic overuse. The campaign is the first in the Speak Up series to simultaneously introduce a complete package of free resources, including an infographic, podcast and video.

Related Items: Antibiotics , Patient Safety , Speak Up , News Releases

09/14/2015
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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 efforts to improve communication between health care professionals and patients.

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

08/25/2015
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Safe Health IT

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Free Online Course - Investigating and Preventing Health Information Technology-Related Patient Safety Events

Related Items: Sentinel Event , Electronic Health Record EHR , Research Resources , Safe Health IT , Adverse Events , Patient Safety

07/14/2015
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Facts about the Official “Do Not Use” List of Abbreviations

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The Joint Commission’s “Do Not Use” List is part of the Information Management standards.

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

06/30/2015
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Time Out Infographic

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The Joint Commission encourages health care organizations to commit to conducting a safe, effective time out for every patient, every time.

Related Items: Patient Safety , Time Out Day

06/08/2015
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Taking time out before procedures: a team effort

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It’s not just a Joint Commission requirement nor one more check on the checklist. Taking a time out is actually a team effort, with every member in the surgical suite or procedure room accountable to the patient and his or her teammates.

Related Items: Blog , Patient Safety , Leadership , Time Out Day

06/08/2015
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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

03/17/2015
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All patients, all together

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At one point or another, we’ve all been patients. We’ve had ailments. We’ve had injuries. We put our care in the hands of others. That’s why Patient Safety Awareness Week is so important.

Related Items: Blog , Patient Safety

03/06/2015
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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!
See all Speak Up campaigns.

 


 

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

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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Our children’s health depends on appropriate imaging practices & 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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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!
See all Speak Up campaigns.

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

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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