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A Growing Patient Safety Concern: Improperly Sterilized or High-Level Disinfected Equipment

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“Improperly sterilized surgical instruments harming U.S. patients,” “Patient sues hospital for improper sterilization of equipment,” and “Improper disinfection procedures expose patients to infection,” are just a few headlines in recent news.

Related Items: Hospital , Infection Control , Infection Prevention

05/25/2017
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In a Safety Culture, Appropriate Behaviors Start at the Top

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CEOs set the tone for a true safety culture. Read more in our blog featuring Citrus Valley Health Partners.

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05/24/2017
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Culturally Competent Data Collection System May be a First Step in Eliminating Health Disparities

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Decreasing readmission starts at admission. Read best practices for collecting Race Ethnicity And Language (REAL) data in our blog and find out more at the Cleveland Clinic's 8th Annual Patient Experience + Innovation Summit.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital

05/19/2017
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Beyond the Study: A Q&A on Lean Principles and Transforming a Health Care Program

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The study, “Using Lean to Rapidly and Sustainably Transform a Behavioral Health Crisis Program: Impact on Throughput and Safety,” published today in the June 2017 issue of the Journal, describes how Lean principles were applied to improve clinical operations at the Crisis Response Center, a behavioral health facility specializing in emergency psychiatric care, in Tucson, Arizona.

Related Items: Lean Six Sigma , Accreditation , Certification , High Reliability

05/18/2017
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The Joint Commission. . . SAFER™ Than Ever!

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The Joint Commission’s new process for helping health care organizations identify risk and improve their patient care processes – the Survey Analysis for Evaluating Risk (SAFER) Matrix – has been fully integrated with the Ambulatory Care Program’s accreditation program since the beginning of 2017.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ , SAFER Matrix

05/17/2017
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Posting About Your Residents on Social Media Violates More Codes Than You Could Ever Imagine

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If you're mulling over whether to post something about a nursing home resident, DON"T.

Related Items: Nursing Care Center , Skilled Nursing Facility

05/17/2017
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What’s Your eCQM Story? Share your Solutions.

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Inquiring minds want to know your eCQM tips.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , Pioneers in Quality , eCQM

05/16/2017
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Flexible Schedules Meet Evening Demand and Satisfy Employees at LHC Group

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At LHC Group, flexible nurse scheduling satisfies the staff and the referral network.

Related Items: Home Care , Home Care Accreditation

05/15/2017
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Turning Up the Volume on Alarm Management

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Read our blog on the Johns Hopkins study to lessen alarm burden by changing the signal default settings.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , Alarm Safety

05/09/2017
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Fewer Ambulatory Care Standards... What’s Not to Like?

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The Joint Commission recently deleted 85 elements of performance (EPs) from the Ambulatory Health Care (AHC) accreditation program and 50 EPs from the Office-Based Surgery (OBS) program.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

05/03/2017
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Safety Culture: Shattering the Myths of Perfection and Punishment

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Mistakes happen! Read this blog by Gerry Castro and learn when the system is to blame.

Related Items: Leadership , Safety Culture , Blog

04/27/2017
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Workplace Violence Prevention Plan: Practical Approaches

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Every hospital needs a workplace violence prevention plan. Learn the necessary components in this blog by Ann Scott Blouin.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , Blog , Workplace Violence Prevention

04/25/2017
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Devising Objective Measures for Medication Reconciliation

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Medication errors happen every day—at the doctor’s office, hospital, nursing home or surgery center. As health care professionals, medication reconciliation is one vitally important care process we use to help prevent medication errors.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification

04/25/2017
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Top 10 Challenging Standards for 2016

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Frequent AmBuzz readers know it’s spring when The Joint Commission unveils an annual summary of the Top 10 Challenging Standards our Ambulatory Health Care (AHC) and Office-Based Surgery (OBS) accredited organizations experienced throughout 2016.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

04/13/2017
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Don’t Re-Use Glucometers, Fingerstick Devices and Lancets

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Don't risk a condition-level deficiency. Read our blog for the correct use of lancet, fingerstick and glucometer devices.

Related Items: Home Care , Nursing Care Center , Home Care Accreditation

04/10/2017
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One-Stop Shopping for Workplace Violence Prevention Resources

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The Joint Commission is at the forefront of solving the workplace violence issue in health care. Read the newest blog on our extensive effort to combat this problem.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification , Workplace Violence Prevention

04/10/2017
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Putting a Stop to Medication Compounding-Related Infections

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Cases of fungal meningitis, bacterial bloodstream infections and other types of infections have been linked to contamination during medication compounding, a process when a pharmacy mixes or “compounds” chemical ingredients into a finished medication.

Related Items: Infection Control

04/06/2017
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Register Today for May 9-10 Ambulatory Care ‘Accreditation Essentials’

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There are plenty of new developments at The Joint Commission that make it more important than ever to attend the Ambulatory Care “Accreditation Essentials” program, May 9-10, 2017.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

04/06/2017
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Top 5 Most Popular Patient Safety Podcasts

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Multimedia director Gidion Howell shares her favorite patient safety podcasts in this blog.

Related Items: Hospital , Accreditation , Certification

03/29/2017
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Making Dialysis Safer for Patients

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Infection can seriously sidetrack dialysis. Read how we're participating in the Making Dialysis Safer coalition.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification , Blog

03/23/2017
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Total Hip / Total Knee Replacement Certification Raises Bar for Orthopedic ASCs

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As technology has enabled more procedures outside the acute-care setting, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are providing even more advanced surgical care.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

03/21/2017
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Safety Culture: A Daily Dose of Reporting and Learning

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Learn how a 15-minute daily operations briefing brought one hospital's c. diff rates down 44%.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , Blog

03/21/2017
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Beyond the Harm Identification Study Q&A

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The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety Editor-in-Chief Dr. David Baker asked lead author Dr. Christine Sammer about her study, “Developing and Evaluating an Automated All-Cause Harm Trigger System,” published this week in the April 2017 issue of the journal.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification , Blog

03/16/2017
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Here’s How We Roll: Patient Safety Awareness Week 2017

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It's Patient Safety Awareness Week! Ann Blouin blogs on The Joint Commission's wide range of assets to promote safe patient care.

Related Items: Hospital , Patient Safety , Accreditation , Certification

03/13/2017
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Improve Your Center’s Infection Control & Prevention Processes!

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Ambulatory settings are among the top group of Joint Commission accrediteds who are challenged with breaches in high-level disinfection (HLD) and/or sterilization processes. It’s the number one threat to patient health and safety in these organizations.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Infection Control , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

03/08/2017
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