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Facts about Speak Up™

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In March 2002, The Joint Commission launched its Speak Up™ patient safety program. Over time, the program has expanded to more than 40 countries and features infographics, animated videos, brochures and posters.

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


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, National Patient Safety Goals, Patient Safety, Advisory Group Fact Sheets, Patient Safety Fact Sheets


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


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


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 efforts to improve communication between health care professionals and patients.

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


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


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


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


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