Accreditation

Risk assessments for unclear standards

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, February 1, 2010

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When the Joint Commission released its "Power Pack" on medication storage it suggested at least two risk assessments (access to respiratory care medications and storage of electrolytes). Risk assessments are also commonly accepted as an effective way to deal with surveyor preference for blanket warmer temperatures, suicide opportunities in behavioral healthcare units, use of "fanny packs" to transport medications, and scores of other issues. It's time, therefore, to review how to perform and document these risk assessments.

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