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Facts about Quality Check® and Quality Reports®

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The Joint Commission has a longstanding commitment to providing meaningful information about the comparative performance of accredited organizations to the public.

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

02/13/2014

Facts about special quality awards listed in Quality Reports®

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In addition to receiving The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, many organizations earn special quality awards. These awards recognize achievement by a health care organization or program that goes above and beyond accreditation or certification.

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

02/12/2014

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

02/04/2014

Facts about patient safety

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The Joint Commission is committed to improving healthcare safety. This commitment is inherent in its mission to continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe. . .

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

02/03/2014

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Office-Based Surgery

Facts about the Universal Protocol

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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.

Related Topics: Hospital, Fact Sheets, Ambulatory Health Care, Critical Access Hospital, Universal Protocol, Patient Safety Fact Sheets, Wrong Site Surgery

01/17/2014

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

01/10/2014

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

11/25/2013

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Laboratory Services, 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 regards to patient safety.

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

06/26/2013

Facts about patient-centered communications

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Effective communication is critical to the successful delivery of health care services.

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

06/25/2013

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Facts about the Official “Do Not Use” List of Abbreviations

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In 2001, The Joint Commission issued a Sentinel Event Alert on the subject of medical abbreviations, and just one year later, its Board of Commissioners approved a National Patient Safety Goal...

Related Topics: Patient Safety Fact Sheets, Patient Safety, Fact Sheets

06/18/2013

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