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Examining rapid response system treatments in the elderly patient population

This month’s column addresses the benefits of effectively using rapid response system calls for elderly patients who suffer from chronic illnesses.

Surgeons well-positioned to champion high reliability

The importance of high-reliability care, led by surgeon champions with a patient-centered approach to care, is summarized.

Joint Commission changes how it assesses safety culture

Summarizes enhancements made to the assessment of an organization’s safety culture during the accreditation process.

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Recent studies focus on reducing burnout, improving well-being

Research identifying the frequency of burnout in surgeons is summarized, as are strategies for reducing health care provider stress.

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Joint Commission issues alert on violence prevention in the health care workplace

Factors associated with health workplace violence, including understaffing and unrestricted public access to hospital rooms and clinics, are summarized.

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Advancing health equity in hospitals

Strategies for achieving health care equity, which contributes to improved surgical outcomes, are outlined.

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Stemming the tide of violence

The ACS and The Joint Commission’s perspectives on the issue of violence prevention, including education, trauma system development, and establishing processes to ensure patient and employee safety, are summarized.


Surgeons as second victims: Clinicians may experience trauma after adverse events

Identifies coping strategies for surgeons who are second victims after an adverse event.

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Joint Commission now citing individual hand hygiene failures

Whenever Joint Commission surveyors observe an individual’s failure to perform hand hygiene in the process of direct patient care they now must cite the incident as a deficiency.

Joint Commission publishes 2018 National Patient Safety Goals

The 2018 National Patient Safety Goals are summarized, particularly as they relate to the Universal Protocol for Preventing Wrong Site, Wrong Procedure, Wrong Person Surgery.

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Joint Commission releases data on challenging requirements for OBS practices

Solutions for complying with office-based surgery standards, specifically those related to clinical privileges and infection control, are summarized.

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Time-outs and their role in improving safety and quality in surgery

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.

High reliability science and surgery: The Joint Commission’s Robust Process Improvement methodology

How surgeons can apply high reliability concepts, such as The Joint Commission’s Robust Process Improvement methodology, is the focus of this month’s column.

Safety culture is a great fit for the OR

To create a culture of safety in the OR, surgeons need to establish a nonthreatening environment that eliminates the traditional hierarchy.

A new direction for “A look at The Joint Commission”

Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), reveals his goals—including expanded topics addressing surgeon fatigue and enhanced patient postoperative recovery—for this column over the next year.

Monitoring OR fires to improve patient safety

The goals of the Preventing Surgical Fires initiative are summarized in this month’s column.

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Eisenberg Award presented to ACS NSQIP for quality improvement efforts

The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum recognized ACS NSQIP with the Eisenberg Award for the quality improvement benefits it provides to hospitals by evaluating surgical outcomes and identifying areas for improvement.

Physicians invited to play a larger role in standards process

The Joint Commission’s ongoing efforts to include physicians in the standards development process is described in this month’s column.

Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, SCHA collaborate on high-reliability program

The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare and the South Carolina Hospital Association have teamed up to launch the South Carolina Safe Care Commitment, which seeks new ways to strengthen processes, systems, and structures in order to provide consistently excellent, safe patient care.


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