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Hospital Engagement Networks target surgical site infections(Comments Off)

November 1, 2014

The effectiveness of the Joint Commission Resources Hospital Engagement Network—an initiative to reduce health care-associated infections and conditions including surgical site infections—is described in this month’s column along with best practice recommendations to help reduce these events in the future.

The Joint Commission reports increase in robotic surgery-related sentinel events

Although current robotic surgery systems are designed to minimize potential patient harm, The Joint Commission provides recommendation on actions surgeons and health care institutions can take to further reduce risks.

JCI can be a resource for patients receiving care abroad

This month’s column highlights the risks and challenges of medical tourism and the benefits of seeking out a Joint Commission International-accredited facility when undergoing a medical procedure abroad.

New draft guideline to prevent SSI

This month’s column examines recommended updates to the “Draft Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infections (SSI)” for the development, implementation, and evaluation of infection prevention programs in health care settings.

Renewed awareness of infection control during surgery

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease continues to occur because some health care facilities are reportedly not following recommended guidelines for the decontamination, sterilization, and quarantine of neurosurgical equipment. This month’s column urges health care providers to consistently remind colleagues to adhere to infection control guidelines..


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