New Standards for Perinatal Safety

Effective January 1, 2021, The Joint Commission has developed two new standards to improve the quality and safety of perinatal care in Joint Commission–accredited hospitals. The new standards require organizations to look at their processes and procedures surrounding the care of women experiencing hemorrhage and severe hypertension/preeclampsia.

Due to the recent pandemic related to the COVID-19 virus, The Joint Commission has decided to delay implementation of the new perinatal safety standards until January 1, 2021. The delayed implementation will allow hospitals to continue to focus their attentions on the COVID-19 outbreak. The new standards will be published online in the Spring 2020 E-dition update for the hospital program, and in print in the 2020 Update 1 for the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals; however, organizations will not be held to these requirements during surveys until January 2021.

Prepublication Standards: Effective January 1, 2021

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