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Washington state hospital keeps survey 'uneventful'

Briefings on The Joint Commission, March 1, 2008

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Often, simple steps help hospitals perform better on Joint Commission surveys. For Valley General Hospital in Monroe, WA, it was a matter of color coding pharmacy medications, eliminating unapproved abbreviations at the source, and distributing educational newsletters to staff members. In October 2007, the then 72-bed hospital underwent its Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) survey. The survey lasted the usual four days and involved two surveyors (an RN and a social worker) for Valley General's chemical dependency unit. According to Quinn Hatala, RN, BSN, manager of clinical quality and patient safety at Valley General, the survey was "uneventful."

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