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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 70 countries and features infographics, animated videos, and brochures.

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

11/16/2016
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John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award

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Apply for the 2016 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards.

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11/08/2016
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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 efforts to improve communication between health care professionals and patients.

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

10/26/2016
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Speak Up: Preventing Medical Errors

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New campaign video, podcast, and Infographic - Speak UP: Right ID, Right Care - When you’re in the hospital, nurses are supposed to use “patient identifiers”, this ensures the right patient gets the right kind of care, in the right place, and at the right time. This may include asking your name, birthday, checking your wristband and maybe even your phone number. Hospitals are busy places, there may be other patients that look like you or have similar names. Make sure you are being identified correctly, if you are concerned, always Speak UP!

Related Items: Medical Errors , Patient Identifers , Patient Safety , Speak Up

10/14/2016
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The Joint Commission Presents 2016 Enterprise Champion for Quality Award to BrightStar Care®

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The Joint Commission presented the 2016 Enterprise Champion for Quality Award to BrightStar Care®, recognizing the national home health care franchisor for its efforts to promote the delivery of high quality, in-home care to its franchisees through Joint Commission accreditation.

Related Items: Patient Safety , Quality , Home Care

09/29/2016
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Elsevier Selected to Publish The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety

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Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a nonprofit affiliate of The Joint Commission, today announced that Elsevier will be the new publisher of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety (JQPS), effective January 1, 2017.

Related Items: Patient Safety , News Releases

09/29/2016
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Busting the Myths about Engaging Patients and Families in Patient Safety

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Open and candid communication with patients and their families is a key component of safe and effective health care. However, communication between caregivers and patients is sometimes hindered by longstanding myths and misconceptions about the sharing of information.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Behavioral Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Disease-Specific Care , Health Care Staffing , Home Care , Hospital , Laboratory Accreditation Program , Nursing Care Center , Patient Safety , Patient Rights , Patient-Provider Communication , Palliative Care , Papers , Patient-centered communications , Patient Engagement , Integrated Care Certification , Patient Blood Management Certification , Rights and Responsibilities

07/25/2016
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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 Items: Fact Sheets , Patient Safety , Abbreviations , Patient Safety Fact Sheets

06/30/2016
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National Time Out Day, June 8, 2016

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The Joint Commission and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses are encouraging health care practitioners and organizations to celebrate National Time Out Day, June 8, 2016, to help prevent wrong-site, wrong-side, wrong-procedure or wrong-person surgery.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , Patient Safety , Time Out Day

06/06/2016
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Dr. Ron Wyatt discusses patient safety in TV interview

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Dr. Ron Wyatt, medical director and chief safety officer for The Joint Commission, was part of a Chicago TV news report about unintended retained foreign objects.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , Patient Safety

05/16/2016
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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 Items: Fact Sheets , National Patient Safety Goals , Patient Safety , Sentinel Event , Speak Up , Universal Protocol , Patient Safety Fact Sheets

03/30/2016
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Advanced Certification in Heart Failure: Standardized Performance Measures

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The Joint Commission has approved a set of standardized performance measures for Disease Specific Care Advanced Certification in Heart Failure (ACHF). These measures have been developed to better evaluate the care provided to the Heart Failure patient with an emphasis on transitions of care.

Related Items: Advanced Certification , Disease-Specific Care , Heart Failure , Patient Safety , Other Measures

03/18/2016
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Blood management programs an important pillar of patient safety

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The Joint Commission and AABB have joined together to create a new Patient Blood Management Certification. This is a unique offering for organizations to shore up their existing programs and undergo evaluation to validate and fully maximize the time and resources dedicated to blood management. Achieving this certification benefits health care organizations and, even more importantly, their patients.

Related Items: Hospital , Critical Access Hospital , Patient Safety , Patient Blood Management Certification

03/15/2016
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Joint Commission Accredits Largest Federal Provider of Occupational Health Services

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The Joint Commission announced today it has awarded Ambulatory Care Accreditation to Federal Occupational Health (FOH), the largest provider of occupational health services in the federal government.

Related Items: Patient Safety , Ambulatory Health Care , News Releases

03/01/2016
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Joint Commission Names Ronald Wyatt, MD, MHA, First Patient Safety Officer

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The Joint Commission today announced the appointment of Ronald M. Wyatt, MD, MHA, to the newly created position of patient safety officer, reflecting the organization’s commitment to promoting a safe and high-quality health care system with a goal of zero patient harm.

Related Items: Patient Safety , News Releases

02/11/2016
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Joint Commission Names Ronald Wyatt, MD, MHA, First Patient Safety Officer

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Ronald M. Wyatt, MD, MHA, is the first appointee to the newly created position of patient safety officer, reflecting The Joint Commission's commitment to promoting a safe and high-quality health care system with a goal of zero patient harm.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Behavioral Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Disease-Specific Care , Health Care Staffing , Home Care , Hospital , Laboratory Accreditation Program , Nursing Care Center , Patient Safety , Palliative Care , Integrated Care Certification , Patient Blood Management Certification

02/11/2016
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Facts about the Patient and Family Advisory Council

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A diverse group of nationally prominent individuals and organizations serve on The Joint Commission’s Patient and Family Advisory Council.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Patient Safety , Patient Rights , Advisory Group Fact Sheets

02/05/2016
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Patient Safety Systems Chapter for the Hospital program

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"Patient Safety Systems" (PS) chapter as shown in the 2015 Update 2 to the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals.

Related Items: Hospital , Patient Safety , Standards , Patient Safety Systems

01/05/2016
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History of The Joint Commission

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History of The Joint Commission thru 2015

Related Items: The Joint Commission , Patient Safety , Certification , Accreditation

12/28/2015
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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 Items: National Patient Safety Goals , Patient Safety , Sentinel Event , Patient Safety Fact Sheets , Advisory Group Fact Sheets

12/10/2015
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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 Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Behavioral Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Home Care , Hospital , Laboratory Accreditation Program , Nursing Care Center , National Patient Safety Goals , Patient Safety , Patient Safety Fact Sheets

12/02/2015
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Using Speak Up™ in your organization

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Speak Up messages, brochures infographics and videos are currently being used in a variety of ways in Joint Commission accredited organizations, community and civic organizations, and other health care-related companies.

Related Items: Patient Safety , Speak Up

09/14/2015
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Safe Health IT

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Free Online Course - Investigating and Preventing Health Information Technology-Related Patient Safety Events

Related Items: Sentinel Event , Electronic Health Record EHR , Research Resources , Safe Health IT , Adverse Events , Patient Safety

07/14/2015
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