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Time-outs and their role in improving safety and quality in surgery(Comments Off on Time-outs and their role in improving safety and quality in surgery)

June 1, 2017

Errors related to misuse of time-outs and checklists as determined by The Joint Commission are highlighted as is the theme of this year’s National Time Out Day.

Figure 1. 11 tenets of a safety culture

Leadership is crucial to establishing safety culture, reducing adverse events

Developing a culture of safety begins with incorporating lessons learned from adverse events and near misses in order to prevent future harm.

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New resources for surgeons to obtain true informed consent

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

Cell phone texting

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.


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