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Physician Leader Monthly December 2020

Revisions to definitions of rape, assault and homicide in Sentinel Event Policy

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… 

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.

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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.

Media Wrap-up

Providence, Nuance’s expanded AI partnership aims to reduce clinician burnout | MedCity News 

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Multimedia Features

New patient safety campaign: Speak Up™ For Safe Surgery

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.

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