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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 a number of efforts to improve communication between health care professionals and patients.

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

07/31/2015

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

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 Topics: Patient Safety, Fact Sheets, Patient Safety Fact Sheets, Abbreviations

06/30/2015

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 Topics: Fact Sheets, Sentinel Event, National Patient Safety Goals, Patient Safety, Speak Up, Universal Protocol, Patient Safety Fact Sheets

03/17/2015

Facts about Speak Up™ Initiatives

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The Joint Commission’s award winning Speak Up™ program urges patients to take an active role in preventing health care errors by becoming involved and informed participants on their health care team.

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

03/02/2015

Facts about Quality Check® and Quality Reports®

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The Joint Commission has a longstanding commitment to providing meaningful information about the performance of accredited organizations to the public. The Quality Check® website, launched in 1996, fulfills this commitment.

Related Topics: Quality Check, Quality Report, Fact Sheets, Patient Safety Fact Sheets

02/04/2015

Facts about Pain Management

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It is estimated that in the United States more than 76 million people suffer from pain. Pain can be chronic or acute, such as post-surgical pain.

Related Topics: Pain Management, Speak Up, Standards, Fact Sheets, Patient Safety Fact Sheets

02/02/2015

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 Topics: Advisory Group Fact Sheets, Patient Safety Fact Sheets, Sentinel Event, Patient Safety, National Patient Safety Goals

01/13/2015

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Laboratory , Nursing Care Center, Office-Based Surgery, Home Care

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 Topics: National Patient Safety Goals, Patient Safety, Laboratory Accreditation Program, Nursing Care Center, Ambulatory Health Care, Critical Access Hospital, Behavioral Health Care, Hospital, Home Care, Patient Safety Fact Sheets, CAUTI

01/13/2015

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