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Joint Commission Issues New Sentinel Event Alert: Safe Use of Opioids in Hospitals

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Although hospital patients may need the strong pain relief that only opioids can provide, a Sentinel Event Alert issued today by The Joint Commission urges hospitals to take specific steps to prevent serious complications or even deaths from opioid use.

Related News: Sentinel Event, Sentinel Event Alert, Pain Management, News Releases, Opioids

08/08/2012

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Health Care Staffing Services

New Joint Commission alert addresses medical device alarm safety in hospitals

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The constant beeping of alarms and an overabundance of information transmitted by medical devices such as ventilators, blood pressure monitors and ECG (electrocardiogram) machines is creating “alarm fatigue” that puts hospital patients at serious risk, according to a Sentinel Event Alert issued today by The Joint Commission.

Related News: Sentinel Event Alert, News Releases, Alarm Safety

04/08/2013

New SAFE CARE Program to Provide Patient Education at Bedside and While Receiving Care

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Encouraging patients and their families to take an active role in their health care by becoming involved and informed is critical. In celebration of Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 4-10, a unique patient safety education program will be released to provide patients and their families with instant access to current patient safety videos at their bedside and while receiving care.

Related News: Patient Education, Patient Safety, Speak Up, News Releases

02/29/2012

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Joint Commission Announces New and Revised Diagnostic Imaging Standards

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The Joint Commission announces new and revised diagnostic imaging standards.

Related News: News Releases, Diagnostic Imaging Services

12/20/2013

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Joint Commission Annual Report Names 620 Hospitals as ‘Top Performers on Key Quality Measures’

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“Improving America’s Hospitals: The Joint Commission Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2012,” includes 620 hospitals that are leading the way nationally in using evidence-based care processes closely linked to positive patient outcomes.

Related News: Accountability Measures, Annual Report, News Releases, Top Performer

09/19/2012

JCR and The Joint Commission Announce Board Appointment, Reappointments

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Joint Commission Resources (JCR) announces the appointment of Sneh Khemka, MBChB, MRCOphth, medical director, Bupa International, and an expert in eye medicine and surgery, to its Board of Directors.

Related News: Joint Commission Resources, News Releases, Board of Commissioners

03/14/2012

Advanced Certification , Disease-Specific Care

The Joint Commission Awards First Advanced Certifications for Palliative Care

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Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.; Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y.; Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York City; St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac, Mich.; and The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. in Branford, Conn. have become the first hospitals across the country to receive Advanced Certification for Palliative Care from The Joint Commission.

Related News: Advanced Certification, News Releases, Palliative Care

02/27/2012

New Monograph Aims to Decrease Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSIs)

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Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) are a serious form of health care-associated infections (HAIs), with a mortality rate of 12 to 25 percent in the United States alone. Reliable access to the bloodstream is one of the most essential components of modern medical care, but bloodstream access devices introduce a risk of bloodstream infection (BSI).

Related News: Infection Control, News Releases, CLABSI

05/16/2012

Joint Commission’s New ‘Hot Topics in Health Care’ Urges Teamwork in Transitions of Care

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The Joint Commission today released a new “Hot Topics in Health Care” that urges greater collaboration among health care providers in order to improve care as patients move from one health care setting to another.

Related News: News Releases, Transitions of Care

02/19/2013

The Joint Commission Publishes Patient and Worker Safety Monograph

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The Joint Commission today released a free monograph, “Improving Patient and Worker Safety: Opportunities for Synergy, Collaboration and Innovation,” to draw attention to the need to create a culture that focuses on both the safety of patients and the health care workers who care for them.

Related News: Patient Safety, News Releases, High Reliability

11/20/2012

Two Leading Health Care Quality Organizations Recommend Strategies to Minimize Overuse of Five Treatments

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The Joint Commission and the American Medical Association-Convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (PCPI®) recommend strategies to minimize overuse of five treatments.

Related News: News Releases, Overuse

07/10/2013

Speak Up: What you should know about stroke

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Knowing the early signs and risk factors for stroke and understanding that a stroke is a "brain attack" requiring immediate action can significantly improve a patient’s recovery and prevent future strokes, according to The Joint Commission's new Speak Up: "What You Should Know About Stroke" educational campaign.

Related News: Speak Up, Stroke, News Releases

02/01/2012

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Hospitals Still Far from Being Highly Reliable

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"The Milbank Quarterly" article urges specific actions to improve patient safety.

Related News: News Releases, High Reliability, High Reliability

09/17/2013

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

Joint Commission Alert: Preventing Retained Surgical Items

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Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert: Preventing Retained Surgical Items

Related News: Sentinel Event Alert, News Releases

10/17/2013

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Joint Commission R3 Report Explains New Clinical Alarm National Patient Safety Goal

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The Joint Commission today released an “R3 Report” for the new National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) that requires accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals to improve the safety of their clinical alarm systems.

Related News: National Patient Safety Goals, News Releases, NPSG, Alarm Safety

12/11/2013

The Joint Commission’s New Speak Up™ Video Highlights Patient Rights

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Read up on the release of The Joint Commission's seventh episode in its animated Speak Up™ video series, “Speak Up: Know Your Rights.” This new video features the characters Mira, Dr. Pierce, Nurse Amy and Armando as they depict the rights every patient should expect from their care givers.

Related News: Patient Rights, News Releases, Speak Up Videos

06/26/2012

The Joint Commission Releases Speak Up: What you need to know about your serious illness and palliative care

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Patients and the families of patients living with a serious illness or health problem may find help dealing with their emotional, physical and spiritual concerns by turning to palliative care, according to The Joint Commission’s new educational campaign “Speak Up™: What you need to know about your serious illness and palliative care.”

Related News: Speak Up, News Releases, Palliative Care

10/10/2012

2012 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients Announced

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The National Quality Forum (NQF) and The Joint Commission have announced the 2012 recipients of the annual John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards.

Related News: Eisenberg Award, Patient Safety, News Releases

02/06/2013

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Joint Commission Annual Report Recognizes 1,099 “Top Performer” Hospitals

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The Joint Commission's 2013 Annual Report recognizes 1,099 “Top Performer” hospitals.

Related News: Accountability Measures, News Releases, Top Performer

10/30/2013

Nursing Care Center

The Joint Commission Debuts New Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation and Rehabilitation and Advanced Care Certification

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The Joint Commission today announced its new Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation program, and for the first time is offering a Rehabilitation and Advanced Care Certification option. The Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation program, which replaces the Long Term Care Accreditation program, is designed to help providers achieve, maintain and demonstrate excellence in the services they provide.

Related News: Nursing Care Center, News Releases

01/07/2013

New “Take 5 with The Joint Commission” Podcast Series Offers Fresh Perspective on Health Care Topics

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Health care professionals and others interested in improving health care quality and safety have a new resource — the “Take 5” podcast series from The Joint Commission, a series of casual conversations on health care topics.

Related News: Sentinel Event, News Releases, Podcast

04/22/2013

Advanced Certification , Disease-Specific Care

Stanford Hospital & Clinics Awarded First Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification

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The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association together announced that The Stanford Stroke Center at Stanford Hospital & Clinics in Palo Alto, California, is the first hospital in the country to meet The Joint Commission’s standards for Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification.

Related News: News Releases, Comprehensive Stroke Center

11/16/2012

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Laboratory Services, Nursing Care Center, Office-Based Surgery, Home Care, Advanced Certification , Disease-Specific Care, Health Care Staffing Services

First Day of the 2012 International High Reliability Organizing Conference Off to an Exciting Start

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Day one of the Fifth International High Reliability Organizing Conference opened with a keynote address from Mark R. Chassin, M.D. FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission, on the topic of “High Reliability Healthcare: What’s Holding Us Back?” The conference, organized by Strategic Reliability, LLC, features academics and HRO veterans from diverse industries who will share practical steps to help organizations move toward high reliability.

Related News: News Releases, High Reliability, HRO Conference 2012

05/22/2012

Laboratory Services

CMS Recognizes The Joint Commission’s Accreditation of Clinical Labs

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The Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has again granted The Joint Commission deeming authority for the accreditation of clinical laboratories under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA).

Related News: Laboratory Services, News Releases

06/21/2012

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Laboratory Services, Nursing Care Center, Office-Based Surgery, Home Care, Advanced Certification , Disease-Specific Care, Health Care Staffing Services

Real World Lessons Presented at Second Day of the 2012 International High Reliability Organizing Conference

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Day two of the Fifth International High Reliability Organizing Conference opened with a morning plenary address from Kathleen Sutcliffe, Ph.D, professor of Management and Organization, University of Michigan Stephen Ross School of Business, on the topic of “Safety-Efficiency Tradeoffs: Lessons from HROs.”

Related News: News Releases, High Reliability, HRO Conference 2012

05/23/2012

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