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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.

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03/29/2017
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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%.

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03/21/2017
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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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Don’t Let Your Guard Down This Flu Season

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Flu season is far from over. Read our blog about our diagnostics and pandemic preparation courses!

Related Items: Hospital , Influenza , Accreditation , Certification , SIRAS

03/01/2017
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Leaders, Are you Risking an RFI with your the Informed Consent Process?

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Informed consent is so much more than mandatory paperwork. Read our blog and find out more.

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03/01/2017
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Rolling Out the Newest Antimicrobial Stewardship Standard

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Our newest infection prevention standard encompasses CDC's Core Elements and makes specific recommendations for NCCs, hospitals and critical access hospitals. Read about it in Lisa Waldowski's blog.

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02/28/2017
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An Essential Conversation: eCQM Adoption & Resources

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Missed the HIMSS presentation on our hospital eCQM survey? Read the highlights in our new blog.

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02/24/2017
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A New Year, a ‘New’ Journal

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New blog post highlighting 2017 changes at The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

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01/20/2017
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New Edition of Infection Prevention and Control Workbook Includes Ambulatory and CMS Requirements

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In an effort to help reduce infections in all health care settings, Joint Commission Resources (JCR) and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) will publish the third edition of the Infection Prevention and Control Workbook on Feb. 15.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , Infection Control , Infection Prevention , Blog

01/09/2017
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A Survey Milestone 10 Years in the Making

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As 2016 comes to a close, we mark a significant milestone in the Joint Commission accreditation process: the 10-year anniversary of the unannounced survey. In 2006, the unannounced survey was instituted for all accreditation programs (excluding laboratory surveys which are every two years) and a survey window of every 18-36 months was introduced.

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12/28/2016
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Special Delivery

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A Cesarean, or C-section is one of the top 10 most common surgeries in America but, because it’s often performed as an emergency procedure, many patients don’t know what to expect. The decision to undergo a c-section is usually due to a complication before labor, severe bleeding or failure to progress in labor, or when the baby is in distress, not in the right position for delivery or too big to fit through the pelvis.

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12/09/2016
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Make Infection Control Improvement your 2017 Resolution

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The BoosterPak for High-Level Disinfection (HLD) and Sterilization is applicable to hospitals and critical-access hospitals as well ambulatory and office-based surgery settings and provides detailed information on HLD and sterilization processes.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , Infection Prevention , Blog

12/06/2016
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New Year, New Clarifications Process

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Clarification requests represent rework for both customers and The Joint Commission. The number of Clarifications submitted to the Joint Commission is significant. In an average month, the Standards Interpretation Group receives more than 1,000 Clarification Requests. Over half of these requests are from hospitals, and many of these clarifications are in the Life Safety and Environment of Care Chapters.

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11/21/2016
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Learning from mistakes from the top down

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Accreditation, or even the thought of it, can cause a feeling similar to test anxiety. Too many people miss the opportunity to learn from what has occurred during the survey itself. That is the actual opposite of the purpose of the accreditation process intended at its inception and later when the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs) were first implemented.

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09/27/2016
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You Can See Clearly Now

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A transformative approach for identifying and communicating risk levels associated with deficiencies cited during surveys, known as the SAFER (Survey Analysis for Evaluating Risk) Matrix, is meant to help organizations prioritize and focus corrective actions.

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06/02/2016
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Health Care’s Unsung Heroes Have Their Week, too

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I normally post blogs about Nurses Week or Hospital Week at this time of year. I felt it important to shine a spotlight on Lab Week this year as laboratorians frequently are the unsung heroes in the health-care setting.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , Laboratory Accreditation Program

04/26/2016
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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.

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03/15/2016
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The portal to improvement is always open. . .

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It’s been almost a year since I indicated that the consistent trend for standards non-compliance in the last few years has been the environment of care and life safety code issues. These issues have generated many requirements for improvement (RFIs) and additional follow ups after accreditation survey the last few years. Since I first brought up this troubling topic, the trend has, unfortunately, continued. However, we see a light at the end of the tunnel thanks to some collaborative efforts.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Environment of Care , Hospital

12/14/2015
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Integrated Care is Here!

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I’m happy to be able to say that we now have a program for Integrated Care Certification. The voluntary program looks at the coordination of care between health care settings, starting with the alignment between a hospital and an ambulatory setting.

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08/18/2015
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Happy Hospital Week! Read our newest blog and receive our thanks and a guarantee!

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It’s National Hospital Week again; the week many hospitals celebrate and highlight the achievements of their staff. It’s seven important days of recognition that carry over to the remaining 358 days of the year.

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05/12/2015
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To Text or Not to Text?

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Read the new blog post from our COO for a quick read on text messaging.

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04/10/2015
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Wishing you happy and healthy holidays

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Read our latest blog from COO Mark Pelletier.

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12/23/2014
11/19/2014
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Core Measure Success: Sharing Lessons Learned

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The Core Measure Solution Exchange is a forum available to provide organizations a place to exchange core measure solutions and challenges.

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06/03/2014
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Thanks to hospitals every day, not just one week a year!

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Read new blog on National Hospital Week! A week is not enough!

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05/16/2014
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