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Examining The Joint Commission WPV requirements

Lauris Freidenfelds, senior project manager for Telgian Engineering & Consulting, says there are many takeaways from the new and revised standards out of TJC: 

  • WPV prevention is an organizational responsibility, not something relegated to the security department. Appropriate organizational efforts should include better education, reporting, and investigations, as well as full transparency.
  • Leadership is now being held accountable for WPV prevention.
  • WPV prevention involves a societal component that is rooted in how we see the medical profession today as opposed to 40 years ago.
  • Because WPV is causing nurses to leave, the problem calls for a proactive approach.
  • Mitigating WPV in healthcare also requires a shift in how we interact with patients and their families. More de-escalation training is needed.

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