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Lab Focus - Issue 3, 2017

Lab Focus is published by The Joint Commission’s Department of Communications and Corporate Marketing.


Quality and safety


Sentinel event statistics released through June 30, 2017

The Joint Commission has reviewed a total of 13,346 reports of sentinel events, from January 1995 to June 30, 2017. Its Sentinel Event Database includes data collected and analyzed from the review of sentinel events. This information includes causes and outcomes of sentinel events, and provides critical information that can help guide local efforts to mitigate future risk.


New video: Joint Commission president explains how safety culture can protect patients

Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and chief executive officer of The Joint Commission, explains in a new video how years of survey and patient safety experiences led The Joint Commission to conclude that a strong safety culture can eliminate a wide variety of patient safety risks.


Accreditation and Certification


Top five most challenging laboratory requirements for first half of 2017

The Joint Commission collects data on organizations’ compliance with standards; National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs); the Universal Protocol for Preventing Wrong Site, Wrong Procedure, Wrong Person Surgery™; and Accreditation and Certification Participation Requirements to identify trends and focus education on challenging requirements.


Patient Blood Management standards updated to align with AABB

In order to maintain alignment with AABB standards, The Joint Commission has updated its Patient Blood Management certification program requirements. The changes, which will become effective Jan. 1, 2018.


Phase 4 revisions for EP Review Project take effect Jan. 1

Phase 4 of The Joint Commission’s EP Review Project — a multiphased component of Project REFRESH — has started, evaluating elements of performance (EPs) across all accreditation programs for streamlining and consolidation. Revisions from the first part of Phase 4 will be effective Jan. 1, 2018.


Reminder: Standards revisions to EC, LS chapters for Life Safety Code update take effect Jan. 1

The Joint Commission has revised the Life Safety (LS) and Environment of Care (EC) chapters in its Laboratory Accreditation manual following adoption of the 2012 editions of the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 101: Life Safety Code and NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code. These standards revisions will take effect Jan. 1, 2018.


Magnify quality with Laboratory Accreditation; learn more at upcoming webinar

Joint Commission Laboratory Accreditation gives organizations the opportunity to magnify their quality efforts. Joint Commission accreditation is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.




Sentinel Event Alert focuses on inadequate hand-offs, tips to improve them

Health care professionals work diligently to meet patient needs and provide the best care possible. Unfortunately, too often, this effort and attentiveness falters when a patient is handed off, or transitioned, to another health care provider for continuing care, treatment or services. A common problem regarding hand-offs, or hand-overs, centers on communication.