A look at The Joint Commission
This month’s column underscores the importance of Safety Leadership Rounds or WalkRounds to enhance patient safety and develop open lines of communication.
Updates to A Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals—a free guide from The Joint Commission—are featured in this month’s column including the role of the surgeon in preventing health care-associated infections and surgical site infections.
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.
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.
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.
More in this category
- New draft guideline to prevent SSI
- Renewed awareness of infection control during surgery
- National Time Out Day focuses on every patient, every time
- Physicians play important role in on-site survey process
- Physicians invited to play a larger role in standards process
- Blameless or blameworthy errors: Does your organization make a distinction?
- Action urged to prevent retained surgical items
- Hospitals making improvements in use of evidence-based surgical processes
- Implementation guide offers effective strategies to combat SSIs
- Finding new solutions to hand hygiene problems
- News for physicians from physicians
- Preventing surgical fires
- Medical device alarms pose safety issues for hospitals
- Using Lean methodology to improve sterilization of surgical instruments
- Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, SCHA collaborate on high-reliability program