Joint Commission Online - Oct. 27, 2021
Joint Commission Online is The Joint Commission's weekly newsletter and is posted every Wednesday.
October 27, 2021
The Joint Commission is preparing to launch a new Comprehensive Heart Attack Center Certification in July 2022 and is seeking feedback on the newly proposed standards. In addition, The Joint Commission has revised standards for its current heart attack certification programs, Acute Heart Attack Ready and Primary Heart Attack Center. These standards incorporate current clinical practice guidelines based on recommendations published by the American Heart Association (AHA) and other nationally recognized guidelines.
Comment now on the proposed changes to:
- Acute Heart Attack Ready Certification
- Comprehensive Heart Attack Center Certification
- Primary Heart Attack Center Certification
Feedback will be accepted until Nov. 17.
October 27, 2021
A new episode of Take 5 with The Joint Commission discusses the TakeCHARGE campaign, its importance in the health care industry and the value of patients taking charge of their own care. Learn more from Ilene Corina, a former Joint Commission board member and current president and patient safety advocate for Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy.
Listen to the podcast. [13:33]
October 27, 2021
The Joint Commission and the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare have received the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) Silver Award for Excellence. The Silver Award is the second-highest level of recognition awarded by IMEC. It is presented to organizations that demonstrate effective, systematic well deployed approaches that are aligned with organizational needs – leading to sound and notable continuous improvement toward excellence. Additionally, recipients must provide data that demonstrate improvement trends and/or good performance in areas necessary to accomplish an organization’s mission.
The IMEC Recognition Program is the Baldridge-based program serving Illinois. The Baldridge Excellence Framework has empowered organizations to accomplish their missions, improve results and become more competitive for more than 30 years. Since 1995, IMEC has awarded 14 Gold Awards, 58 Silver Awards and 120 Bronze Awards.
“Following their recognition in 2020 as an Interest in Excellence organization, the team at The Joint Commission and the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare engaged all aspects of their operations in their continued commitment to organizational excellence,” said David Boulay, president of IMEC. “Even in the midst of a global pandemic, they embraced the process to pursue the elements of continuous improvement and quality that are vital for the success of any organization, especially those serving the health care industry.”
“The Joint Commission and the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare are pleased to join an elite group of organizations that have successfully accelerated change, growth and improvement throughout their entire systems,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO, The Joint Commission. “It has been a pleasure to see colleagues across all departments and levels working together to achieve this recognition. Every day, we incorporate Robust Process Improvement® into our work to improve. Today, 99% of staff who have been with The Joint Commission and the Center for more than a year have been trained in RPI – demonstrating how this approach has become part of our culture.”
“We have seen the impacts of Robust Process Improvement as partner organizations have used the tools and training to achieve truly exceptional results for their staff and their patients,” said Anne Marie Benedicto, vice president of the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare. “We are grateful for the recognition and eager to continue helping health care make measurable progress toward zero harm.”
The Joint Commission and the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare plan to implement the feedback received from IMEC during the evaluation process for the award. They will continue to focus efforts on continuous quality improvement, as well as work with health care organizations on their high reliability journeys to zero harm.
October 27, 2021
A new edition of a book developed by Joint Commission Resources (JCR) and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) to help infection prevention (IP) professionals and health care systems identify infection control risks has received four stars from Doody’s Review Service.
The APIC/JCR Infection Prevention and Control Workbook, 4th Edition was edited by Patti G. Grota, PhD, CNS-M-S, CIC, FAPIC, and Angela H. Rupp, MT, MS, CIC, FAPIC. Written to help IP team members and health care systems with infection risks and challenges, the book provides strategies and resources to develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive IP program. It focuses on 11 areas, such as:
- Risk-based approaches
- Surveillance activities
- Infectious disease emergencies
- Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization
- Environment of care
“The best points of the book are its use of Joint Commission standards, both in the United States and globally, at the beginning of each chapter,” wrote Irene Newquist, BSN, MSN, VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System), the reviewer for Doody’s. “Throughout the chapters, there also are tips to help with developing strategies. As someone new to the IP field, the book kept my interest. I found the information well written, easy to read, and useful.”
This edition is the first to feature Joint Commission International (JCI) standards, in addition to The Joint Commission’s domestic standards.
“The authors are credible authorities based on their credentials and experience in infection prevention and control,” Newquist also noted.
One of the authors is Sylvia Garcia-Houchins, MBA, RN, CIC, Director of Infection Prevention and Control, at The Joint Commission. Other authors are noted infection preventionists from around the globe.
Previous editions of this popular workbook have been designated Doody’s Core Titles, which indicates that a book is a must-have in a certain topic area, in this instance, infection prevention and control.
The book is available for purchase for $149.