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Transfusing Wisely

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Red blood cell (RBC) transfusions are the most frequently performed hospital procedure in the United States, increasing 134 percent from 1997 to 2011. But, did you know that 50 percent or more of RBC transfusions may be unnecessary?

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07/21/2017
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Tracers! Tracers! And Mock Tracers!

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Whether it’s your first survey from The Joint Commission or you’re an accreditation veteran, you’ve most likely heard about tracers.

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07/20/2017
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Considering Pet Therapy? Here’s How to Write Your Hospital’s Animal Policy

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Therapy animals provide immense benefits patients. It’s proven in the literature and I’ve seen it anecdotally countless times in my dual roles as associate director for Joint Commission Enterprise Continuing Education and as a dog trainer.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification

07/20/2017
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New Campaign Illustrates Need for Staff Training on Dangers of Tailgating

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This was the reaction many of our employees at Brigham and Women’s Hospital had after watching two provocative videos depicting scenarios in which an unauthorized person accessed a secure area because staff held the door or weren’t aware of their surroundings.

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07/17/2017
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Profiles in Service: To the Country and Health Care July 12, 2017

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This is the second in a four-part series profiling U.S. Armed Forces personnel completing fellowships with The Joint Commission as part of their military training. Since 1993, The Joint Commission has partnered with U.S. military branches to provide these fellowships—through which fellows gain intensive understanding of contractor standards and the accreditation process to help improve compliance across the different branches of the military.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification

07/12/2017
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Don’t Hit the Snooze Button on Upcoming Sleep LCD Deadlines

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Early 2017 marked the beginning of significant changes within the sleep provider community. Certain Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) revised their local coverage determinations (LCDs), modifying policies regarding Medicare coverage for polysomnography and other sleep-specific studies. Previously, these MACs recognized both Joint Commission Hospital and Ambulatory Care Accreditation.

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07/12/2017
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Beyond the Study: A Q&A with Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients: Part 3

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This is the final post in a three-part series highlighting the quality improvement and patient safety achievements of this year’s John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award recipients, showcased in the July 2017 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. This post examines the quality and patient safety efforts of Christiana Care Health System’s Christiana Care Care Link, recently renamed Carelink CareNow, recognized in the award’s local achievement category.

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07/06/2017
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You’re Invited: Inaugural Certification Conference on August 8

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Quick: What are you doing August 8? Meet me at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois for air conditioning amid the dog days of summer—and our inaugural certification conference, the first of its kind in the industry!

Related Items: Home Care , Home Care Accreditation

07/05/2017
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Re-Vamped ESC Form Launches July 2017

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The Joint Commission has re-designed the Evidence of Standards Compliance (ESC) form that organizations may complete following an on-site accreditation or certification survey—to help the organization better communicate the most critical aspects of their corrective actions to resolve Requirements for Improvement (RFIs), as well as ensure sustainability.

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07/05/2017
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Beyond the Study: A Q&A with Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients: Part 2

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This is the second post in a three-part series highlighting the quality improvement and patient safety achievements of this year’s John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award recipients, showcased in the July 2017 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. This post examines the quality and patient safety efforts of Dr. Clancy, recognized in the award’s individual achievement category.

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06/29/2017
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Keys to Better Environment of Care Compliance with EC.02.06.01 – Part 1

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From highly-specialized ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) to busy community health centers, ambulatory health care organizations provide their services across a variety of patient care platforms.

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06/28/2017
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Reporting Adverse Events: An Important Step Toward Establishing Learning Culture

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This is the fourth in a series of posts examining the 11 tenets of safety culture discussed in our Sentinel Event Alert and accompanying infographic on safety culture. For a culture to be truly safe, organizational leadership must establish, enforce and communicate policies for reporting adverse events, close calls and unsafe conditions.

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06/26/2017
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Profiles in Service: Joint Commission Air Force Military Fellow Barbara Cain

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The promotion ceremony for Barbara Cain, MSN, RN-BC, PMHNP-BC, to the rank of colonel took place at The Joint Commission’s rotunda. Col. Cain was selected for promotion by a panel of superior Air Force officers and approved by Congress.

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06/23/2017
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Five Tips for Choosing a Nursing Home

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Few decisions in life are as stressful and as personal as selecting a nursing home for a family member. Not only are there more options than ever before in history— you’ll also get different opinions on what your priorities should be from everyone in your circle.

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06/23/2017
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Beyond the Study: A Q&A with Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients: Part 1

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Here are the highlights of a conversation between the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief Dr. David Baker and Eisenberg Award recipients: Dr. Carolyn Clancy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Sharon Anderson, who represents Carelink CareNow, a technology-driven, care coordination program based in Wilmington, Delaware.

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06/22/2017
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Infection Control Challenges: What They Reveal, How You Can Respond

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Leading the most recent list of the Top Ten Challenging Standards for accredited Ambulatory Health Care (AHC) customers over the last year is an infection control (IC) standard cited more than any other standard in 2016.

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06/14/2017
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Top Four Life Safety Code Requirements Debunked

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Read our blog on Safety Code Requirements

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06/02/2017
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A Simple Tool to Improve High Reliability

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Read our blog on National Timeout Day.

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06/02/2017
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New & Improved: Redesigned Post-Survey Process Form

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As part of The Joint Commission’s Project REFRESH multiphase process improvement project, we’re excited to present customers a redesigned Evidence of Standards Compliance (ESC) form this July.

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05/31/2017
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Thrombectomy Stroke Certification Offered Next Year

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Read our blog on the new thrombectomy certification for stroke offered in January.

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05/31/2017
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What’s Your Board’s Competency in Quality and Safety?

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Board members play a vital role in ensuring high-quality care and patient safety in health care organizations. However, a new study suggests problematic gaps between what board members think they know and what they do in regards to quality and safety, as well as board members’ capability in quality and safety, as assessed by safety and quality leaders (SQLs) at their own health care organizations.

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05/30/2017
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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.

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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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