Some point-of-care glucose meters and test strip combinations cannot differentiate glucose from other sugars (such as maltose, xylose and galactose) in the blood. In the presence of these other sugars, the meter will produce a falsely elevated reading, which can result in the inappropriate administration of insulin with resulting hypoglycemia, or in concluding that the patient has a normal blood glucose when he or she is hypoglycemic. . .
The Joint Commission collects data on organizations’ compliance with standards, National Patient Safety Goals, the Universal Protocol for Preventing Wrong Site, Wrong Procedure, Wrong Person Surgery™, and Accreditation and Certification Participation Requirements to identify trends and focus education on challenging requirements.
Update 1 to the 2011 accreditation manuals for all accreditation programs will begin to be mailed in late March. At this time, there are no updates to the certification manuals. A new E-dition® release for accreditation programs will be available in April. (E-dition program administrators will receive an e-mail prior to the update in E-dition.) Accredited organizations will receive one free copy of their respective manual or update, which is addressed to the organization’s CEO.
Since its launch on September 13, 2010, the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare’s Targeted Solutions Tool™ (TST) has collected more than 450,000 hand hygiene observations. Using the TST, users have significantly improved their hand hygiene by mirroring the work of the Center’s participating health care organizations – which include some of the nation’s leading hospitals and health systems – and achieving similar positive results.
From the tornadoes in Missouri to Hurricane Irene’s devastation on the East Coast, health care organizations across the country responded effectively and saved lives – because they were prepared. Attend Joint Commission Resource’s 2012 Emergency Preparedness Conference, April 11-12, in Arlington, Va., and learn how Joint Commission accreditation standards provide a resilient framework to prepare for and cope with the adversity of any disaster, natural or manmade.