Physician Leader Monthly December 2020
Effective July 1, 2021, The Joint Commission will revise the definitions related to rape, assault, and homicide in its Sentinel Event Policy. The revised definitions differentiate among sexual abuse/assault, physical assault, and homicide. For each term, one definition is included for: patients/clients, residents, or individuals served; and one for staff members, licensed independent practitioners, visitors, or vendors. Also, the definitions have been revised to include all program settings.
In other news…
- Coalition for Physician Accountability Statement on Public Health: Issued Dec. 1, and endorsed by 14 member organizations, including The Joint Commission. Stems from recent criticism of public health officers and physicians for following evidence-based practices during the pandemic.
- Standards revisions for ambulatory organizations performing operative, other high-risk procedures: The Joint Commission is revising its requirements for ambulatory health care organizations and office-based surgery practices related to performing history and physical examinations prior to operative or
Blogs for Docs
Managing a Patient Surge: Hospitals are once again filling up with COVID-19 patients, and health care organizations must plan for the patient surge that may be inevitable this winter, especially in the 80% of American hospitals (mostly outside urban areas) that were not severely impacted by last spring’s pandemic wave.
More blogs for docs …
- Improving “As Needed” Medication Orders for PICU Patients
- Daily Safety Briefings in Pediatric Emergency Department
Hot Off the Press
December Journal: Includes a new study that assessed teamwork climate among physicians/hospitalists, nurses, and nurse assistants working on general medical services in four mid-sized hospitals.
The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Improve Maternal Health: Calls to Action by the United States Surgeon General are a rare step, reserved for the most serious public health crises facing all Americans. Maternal morbidity and mortality is a crisis, and has been for far too long.
More media …
- Why Healthcare Needs to Think Provider Quality Management and Not Just Peer Review | Environmental Expert.com
- How language barriers can add anguish and complicate care for COVID-19 patients who don't speak English | Medical Xpress
- 7 patient safety goals for 2021 from Joint Commission | Becker's Hospital Review
- Reaching beyond reading grade levels | IBM - Blog
- Joint Commission Backs TakeCHARGE for Health Safety Awareness | New York Patch.com
The latest Speak Up™ campaign focuses on what patients can do before and after their surgery, as well as what to expect regarding COVID-19 pandemic safety procedures. Educational resources include a poster and an animated video to incorporate in hospital and surgical facility programming.