Environmentally sustainable healthcare is not only a patient safety issue but can also save hospitals money in the long run, said executives with The Joint Commission (TJC) in introducing a new certification program during its annual Executive Briefing, held September 20.
In the coming year, hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission will see more on-site complaint surveys, plus more focus on their progress regarding health equity and environmental sustainability. But they might also see fewer and more efficient standard requirements.
On August 24, the CDC launched the Hospital Sepsis Program Core Elements, with seven core elements aimed at strengthening survival and recovery rates for all sepsis patients. Hospitalized patients with sepsis have a high mortality rate...
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.
If your lab or clinic hasn’t done so already, it will have to review its supply, storage, and placement of alcohol-based hand rub and sanitizers, says Dan Scungio, MT(ASCP), SLS, a laboratory safety officer for multihospital system Sentara Healthcare in Virginia.