Accreditation

Joint Commission revises scoring for infection control as of September 1

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, December 1, 2018

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BY JAY KUMAR (JKUMAR@HCPRO.COM) AND A.J. PLUNKETT (APLUNKETT@H3.GROUP)

On September 5, The Joint Commission (TJC) announced scoring changes for its IC.02.02.01 standard, which requires facilities to reduce infection risk associated with medical equipment, devices, and supplies. The standard was third on TJC’s recent list of most challenging requirements for hospitals.

In the latest post in its 4-1-1 on Survey Enhancements series, TJC focused on high-level disinfection and sterilization. Effective as of September 1, the revisions are meant to hone in on the process steps that pose the highest risk to patients. TJC plans to monitor the revisions over the next several months to ensure scoring is consistent.

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