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Editors' Exclusives May 2023

New Sentinel Event data available for 2022

The Joint Commission released its Sentinel Event Data 2022 Annual Review on serious adverse events from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2022.

Reinstated: Ventricular assist device implant volume requirement

Accepting applications for Tyson National Award: Deadline May 10


New releases

Quick Safety: Preventing light source-related burns during laparoscopy, arthroscopy

Organizations that conduct laparoscopy and arthroscopy should be aware of the potential for patient burns from the light sources associated with these scopes.


Joint Commission Journal: A study in the May issue analyzed closed claims data on wrong-site surgery to identify risk factors, patterns and other circumstances.

Quick Safety: Utilizing validated tools for suicide risk screening

Now available: New third edition of The Joint Commission Big Book of Checklists


Best of the blogs

The Call to Address Health Care Equity

The Joint Commission wants healthcare organizations to succeed in meeting the requirements to reduce healthcare disparities. To support organizations on their equity journeys, we launched the Health Care Equity Accreditation Resource Center which includes new resources from Cook County Health in Chicago.


Improving Follow-Up Care for New Mothers in an Urban Area


Trending on social

April 5, 2023: Joint Commission President and CEO Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin contributed to a new commentary in NEJM Catalyst, “Lessons from Health Care Leaders: Rethinking and Reinvesting in Patient Safety.” Dr. Perlin discusses the complex quality and safety challenges posed by our ever-evolving healthcare system. Read the commentary:

March 23, 2023: The April issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety features a study from the University of Florida College of Medicine on supporting healthcare worker well-being after an adverse event through a behavioral health support center. Read the abstract:


Media wrap-up

Health Systems Need to Transform Data Collection to Advance Health Equity | Population Health Management

Joint Commission CEO Wants to “Dispel the Myth” That Decarbonizing Healthcare Is Costly | MedCity News

Joint Commission: Patient Falls Rose at Hospitals as ‘Sentinel Events’ Increased in Pandemic | Forbes

The Role of Evidence-Based Guidelines and Consensus Documents: What Is Required? | Healthcare Hygiene Magazine

Stakes Are High: Leaders Should Be Hands-on When It Comes to Hand Hygiene | Becker’s Hospital Review


Multimedia features

Check out recording of Dr. Perlin speaking during Joint Commission, APIC webinar

Joint Commission President and CEO Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, MACP, FACMI, outlined the new priorities of The Joint Commission relating to healthcare equity, environmental sustainability, and workforce during a collaborative webinar with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).