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March 20, 2013

Joint Commission Online is The Joint Commission's weekly newsletter and is posted every Wednesday.




To be mailed: 2013 Update 1 for all accreditation manuals and the DSC manual

The 2013 Update 1 to the comprehensive accreditation manuals for seven of the eight accreditation programs will be mailed at the end of March and should be received by April 25. The update for the nursing and rehabilitation center (formerly long term care) manual and the 2013 Disease-Specific Care Certification Manual will be mailed in April and should be received by May 20.


Patient safety


Tips for compliance: Preventing surgical fires

Surgical fires don’t happen often, but when they do, the consequences can be devastating to patients and staff, resulting in serious burns, scars, disfigurement, and even death. In addition, the hospital’s equipment, facilities and reputation can be severely damaged. ECRI Institute estimates that up to 650 surgical fires occur in the U.S. every year, placing them in the Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2013.




Journalism group releases application to search CMS complaint surveys

The Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) has launched, a free, searchable news application that compiles Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hospital reports, beginning with surveys from January 2011. The reports are being released by CMS and do not include reports from The Joint Commission.


Replay of free CDC webinar: Challenges in the Management of Opioid-using Patients in EDs

A replay of the free webinar, Challenges in the Management of Opioid-Using Patients in Emergency Department, is now available on The Joint Commission website. Sponsored by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the webinar features The Joint Commission’s Dr. Daniel Castillo, medical director, Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation.


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