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Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, February 2019

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, February 1, 2019

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What to look for in 2019: ligature risk, infection control, drug safety, and more CMS pressure on AOs

Make sure your staff knows and implements your policy on continuous observation of suicidal patients, check and recheck that air pressures are appropriate to the room, update infection control procedures to the latest recommendations, and be prepared for surprise surveys.

Joint Commission: Four new suicide prevention EPs, three revised

The Joint Commission (TJC) announced revisions to its suicide prevention National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) November 27. NPSG 15.01.01 now has seven elements of performance (EP), up from three. All the changes are listed in R3 Report 18 and will take effect July 1, 2019. The update applies to all TJC-accredited hospitals and behavioral healthcare organizations.

Joint Commission updates anticoagulant NPSG

The Joint Commission (TJC) announced revisions to its anticoagulant therapy National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) December 7. NPSG 03.05.01 has eight new or revised elements of performance (EP).

When the snow falls

February is the last month of winter—at least officially. In reality, the cold weather will probably stick around for a bit longer.

By this point, many facilities in the U.S. will have faced their share of snowstorms, most of which they’ve probably handled adeptly. But are you ready for a truly bad snowstorm? The kind that can leave a region crippled for days, or even weeks at a time?

CMS asks if AOs offering consulting services have a conflict of interest

Ever had questions about whether it was good or appropriate to pay your accrediting organization (AO) for consulting services on how to comply with the same standards they set that allows you to stay in business? CMS is interested in that question as well.

Final EPA rule on hazardous waste pharmaceuticals

Tell your nurses that soon that packaging for a patient’s nicotine patch, gum, or lozenge might go straight into the regular trash — as long as it is FDA-approved as an over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy.

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