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eCQM Webinars Help Establish Performance Improvement Priorities and Work with EHR Vendors

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Over the last few months, thousands of hospital quality, executive and other leaders have been tuning in to the Joint Commission’s Pioneers in Quality™ Proven Practices webinar series to hear peers present their successes and lessons for implementing electronic clinical quality measures (eCQM) quality improvement.

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11/03/2017
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Medical Staff Essentials: Clarifying Medical Staff Standards

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The Joint Commission’s Medical Staff (MS) standards describe the medical staff’s roles and responsibilities in detail. Understanding and applying those standards, however, has always been challenging.

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10/27/2017
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Only You Can Prevent Surgical Fires

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Out of approximately 65 million surgical cases annually, there are 200 to 240 surgical fires, a frequency comparable to that of other surgical safety events such as wrong site surgery and unintended retention of a foreign object.

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10/12/2017
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Surveying Hospitals’ Workplace Violence Preparation

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Late last month, a man identified as 45-year-old physician Henry Michael Bello walked into Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York—his former workplace—and opened fire with a rifle. He killed a fellow doctor and wounding six other people.

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10/10/2017
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eCQM Core Team Make-Up and Reporting Philosophy Summarized in Webinars

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eCQM Core Team Make-Up and Reporting Philosophy Summarized in Webinars

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09/21/2017
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‘RISE’ to Support Second Victims in Health Care

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This blog post goes beyond the study, “Do Hospitals Support Second Victims? Collective Insights From Patient Safety Leaders in Maryland,” from the September 2017 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. The post discusses a second victims program implemented at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

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08/31/2017
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Anticoagulation for VTE? Check out this new free resource

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The discharge information a patient brings home can be critical to ensuring a safe hospital-to-home transition, especially as it relates to the proper use of medications. This holds particularly true for venous thromboembolism (VTE) patients.

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08/02/2017
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Zero Falls? It’s Possible.

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In health care, we have long been committed to reducing and preventing patient falls. In fact, call lights, checklists and risk assessments are just a few types of fall-related interventions that we have become well accustomed to over the years. While these interventions have made strides toward improving patient safety, it’s time to start thinking differently about how we approach falls.

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07/27/2017
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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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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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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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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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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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What’s Your eCQM Story? Share your Solutions.

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Inquiring minds want to know your eCQM tips.

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05/16/2017
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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.

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05/09/2017
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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.

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04/25/2017
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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.

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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.

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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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