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Physician Leader Monthly July 2021

Dr. Baker pens JAMA Network editorial on racial disparities in COVID-19 mortality

A new study found that the mortality of Black individuals hospitalized with COVID was higher than for White individuals, and a substantial portion of the difference in mortality was explained by where patients were hospitalized and whether their infection occurred early during the pandemic. David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, Executive Vice President for Health Care Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission, wrote about the study in a recent JAMA Network editorial, "Breaking links in the Chain of Racial Disparities for COVID-19."

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Blogs for Docs 

Root Cause Analysis Tool Stands the Test of Time for Accredited Organizations During COVID-19: Remarkably, as we wade through the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the sentinel event information we received from our accredited organizations, most organizations still used the root cause analysis framework to report possible sentinel events. 

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News Releases 

Journal: A new study in the July issue evaluates the association between Positive Leadership WalkRounds (PosWR), and health care worker well-being and organizational safety culture. The study was completed at Duke University Health System, Durham, North Carolina.

Quick Safety: The new issue addresses how hospitals can safely implement patient use of personal insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring devices for their hospitalized diabetic patients.

New patient safety book available for free online: Written by Lucian Leape, MD, the book details the patient safety movement in the U.S. from the late 1980s to 2015 and includes a chapter on The Joint Commission. The book can be accessed online for free or purchased as a hardcover.

Media Wrap-up

Health care leaders call for action to prevent non-ventilator-associated, hospital-acquired pneumonia | The Medical News 

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Multimedia Features

Podcast: Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity

Learn about the vision for this award from Ana McKee, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, The Joint Commission. Interested in applying? The submission deadline has been extended to Aug. 6, 2021. [7:08] 

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