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Facts about the Universal Protocol

January 17, 2014
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The Joint Commission Board of Commissioners originally approved the Universal Protocol for Preventing Wrong Site, Wrong Procedure and Wrong Person Surgery™ in July 2003, and it became effective July 1, 2004 for all accredited hospitals, ambulatory care and office-based surgery facilities. The Universal Protocol was created to address the continuing occurrence of wrong site, wrong procedure and wrong person surgery and other procedures in Joint Commission accredited organizations. The Universal Protocol drew upon, and expanded and integrated, a series of requirements under The Joint Commission’s 2003 and 2004 National Patient Safety Goals. The three principal components of the Universal Protocol include a preprocedure verification, site marking, and a time out.

 
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