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Executive Briefing 2023: Top EC, LS findings offer insight to common survey problems

Safety problems identified within the physical environment account for 60%–70% of deficiencies scored by The Joint Commission (TJC) during surveys, according to TJC statistics. However, in the first six months of this year, almost 90% of those Environment of Care (EC) and Life Safety (LS) findings were in the low or moderate risk range on the SAFER Matrix and were found to be having a limited impact on safety, Herman McKenzie, MBA, CHS, director of TJC’s Standards Interpretation Group’s Physical Environment Department, said during the accreditor’s Executive Briefing annual conference in September.

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