The Joint Commission (TJC) is still catching up on the surveys backlogged during the COVID-19 pandemic—but they are catching up. As you get ready, be prepared to get down on hands and knees to double-check for some problems highlighted recently.
Check your eyewash stations, verify air pressure relationships, ensure exit signs are functioning, review surgical instruments for proper sterilization, ensure food temperatures are within range, and train surgical staff on the fire safety timeouts.
How well hospitals remain prepared for a crisis is taking a front seat during surveys, especially as surveyors review how facilities are updating their emergency management plans with lessons learned from the various surges of patients during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Regularly check the humidity and temperature in storage areas for sterile supplies to ensure you are meeting requirements outlined in NFPA 99-2012 and highlighted in a recent Quick Safety alert from The Joint Commission.