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New resources for surgeons to obtain true informed consent(Comments Off on New resources for surgeons to obtain true informed consent)

April 1, 2017

New informed consent resources developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and The Joint Commission are summarized.

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The Joint Commission clarifies stance on secure text messaging of patient care orders

The Joint Commission discourages secure texting of patient care orders for several reasons, including the increased burden of entering the information manually into the electronic health record.

Figure 1. Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification domains

Joint Commission now offering Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification

The scope-of-care requirements for the Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification program, which helps facilities offer a complete range of high-quality services for cardiac patients, is the focus of this month’s column.

The Joint Commission's Annual Report 2016

Annual report provides details on patient safety, quality improvements

An overview of The Joint Commission’s Annual Report 2016 is provided, including a summary of chart-abstracted measures covered in the report.

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Cognitive biases can lead to serious patient safety events

Preventative actions to mitigate the effects of cognitive bias, which can be attributed to diagnostic errors in health care, are summarized in this month’s column.


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