On February 27, The Joint Commission released “Speak Up: About Your Pain,” an engaging animated video that illustrates why it is important for patients to speak up about their pain and provides easy-to-understand examples for the general public. The video’s main characters, Henry and Julie, experience different kinds of pain: aching, throbbing, dull, shooting and cramping.
Effective January 1, 2014, The Joint Commission’s ORYX® performance measure reporting requirements for accredited general medical/surgical hospitals will be expanded from the use of four to six sets of core measures. For hospitals with 1,100 or more births per year, the perinatal care (PC) measure set will become a mandatory measure set starting with January 1, 2014 discharges.
A new Standards BoosterPak™ was recently posted on the Joint Commission Connect™ extranet with information on the use of restraint and seclusion for hospitals and critical access hospitals that use Joint Commission accreditation for Medicare certification.
The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is sponsoring a free webinar, "Challenges in the Management of Opioid-Using Patients in Emergency Departments," on March 13 at 12:30-2 p.m. ET.
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On February 25, the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare and the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) announced the South Carolina Safe Care Commitment, a multi-year engagement that will strengthen participating hospitals’ processes, systems, and structures, resulting in patient care that is consistently excellent and consistently safe. The initiative, which is the first of its kind for the Center, includes 20 hospitals from seven health systems located throughout the state.