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Editors Exclusives November 2023

New Sustainable Healthcare Certification for U.S. hospitals to launch Jan. 1, 2024

Acting upon requests from healthcare organizations that want to accelerate their sustainable practices and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, The Joint Commission is launching a voluntary Sustainable Healthcare Certification (SHC) program for both accredited and nonaccredited U.S. hospitals and critical access hospitals, effective Jan. 1, 2024. 

Revisions to hospital requirements to align with recent critical access hospital changes

Effective Jan. 1, 2024: Revisions to Medication Compounding requirements for hospitals, CAHs

New revisions to BHC program align with current terminology for addiction medicine

Licensed independent practitioner term eliminated for ALC, BHC, NCC programs

Revision to Emergency Management applicability for select hospices

2023 Tyson Award recipient is University of Chicago Medicine

New releases

New Quick Safety on early identification, evaluation of severe pressure injuries
Pressure injuries can be deceptive, and many harbor a much deeper pressure injury than is apparent to the naked eye. When evaluating a pressure injury, bedside nurses and clinicians need to look for certain warning signs and symptoms that should trigger a surgical consultation and evaluation for the need for debridement.

Just published: Updated Sentinel Event Alert on surgical fire prevention for 21st century

September Journal: Virtual multidisciplinary rounds reduce length of stay, improve throughput

Now available: 2024 NPSG 10-pack products for hospitals

Best of the blogs

Exploring the Multiple Dimensions and Contributors to Occupational Fatigue
The Quadruple Aim emphasizes that the work life and well-being of healthcare professionals is critical to ensure safe and quality patient care. A fundamental aspect of well-being is occupational fatigue. 

Refocus Your Board’s Attention on Quality and Patient Safety

Trending on social

In the first half of 2023, The Joint Commission recorded 720 sentinel events - on track to be near last year's record-setting 1,441 #sentinelevents. Learn more in Becker's Healthcare:

Proper inspection, testing and maintenance of medical and utility equipment is crucial to help provide safe and efficient patient care. With current advances in medical technology and an increasing emphasis on patient outcomes, maintaining these assets is paramount.

Hear more on ambulatory surgery center (ASC) equipment maintenance and safety from Herman McKenzie, Director of Engineering, Standards Interpretation Group, The Joint Commission, in OR Today. #ASC

Media wrap-up 

Connect Spotlight with Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, MACP, FACMI | Health Evolution

Healthcare Governance Body Warns Hospitals Face Debilitating Cyberattacks | Wall Street Journal

The Joint Commission Launches Certification in Sustainability for U.S. Hospitals | Forbes

Health Care Industry’s Greenhouse Emissions Are Huge. Time to Lead on Sustainability. | The Tennessean

Focus on These 5 Areas in Your Work to Advance Health Equity | American Medical Association

Multimedia feature

New Speak Up campaign focuses on preventive care
A new patient safety campaign — Speak Up™ To Prevent Serious Illness — is designed to educate patients on how to find preventive care services, get past the barriers, and try to avoid reaching a crisis point with their health.