It can be frustrating to see safety issues go unnoticed or unattended, especially after they have been reported. The apparent roadblocks to solutions may be a lack of funds, busy or disinterested leadership, or even a poor culture of safety. There are steps you can take, however, which can help...
Review the latest recommendations for controlling methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA, with your infection prevention and control team as well as your medical staff leadership.
A new CMS Quality, Safety & Oversight group memo on suicide prevention urges hospitals to go above and beyond to help protect patients from themselves. Accrediting organizations like ACHC and TJC cite resources and offer tools to help.
CMS is worried that hospitals have too much advance notice of when surveyors will be on the premises to audit patient safety practices and identify problems, including those found while investigating patient complaints.
Keep required documents up to date and ready for surveyors, and have someone within the hospital leadership team available to come in on short notice once your hospital is within six months of its triennial survey date.