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Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, April 2019

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, April 1, 2019

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Case study: Air disaster response

In January 2009, all eyes were on the Hudson River when a plane flying out of New York’s LaGuardia Airport crash-landed in the river after striking a flock of geese. Thanks to fast acting by the pilots, all 155 passengers survived, with few major injuries. Trouble started afterwards, though, because of a communication breakdown between airlines and hospitals.

Quick look: Accreditation-specific certifications

Hospital quality leaders who find themselves growing more skilled and successful in continuous survey readiness (CSR) activities now have two accreditation-specific certifications available to them. This article and accompanying chart will provide you with a way to compare and contrast these certifications across 30 parameters.

Joint Commission and CIHQ respond to CMS conflict-of-interest concerns

A query by CMS officials questioning whether accrediting organizations (AO) that also offer consulting services face a conflict of interest drew an array of responses, including a vigorous defense by The Joint Commission (TJC).

Examine your dialysis space to ensure room to separate infectious patients

Hemodialysis is one of four areas The Joint Commission (TJC) says it’s increasing focus on during surveys. With this in mind, ensure that your hospital’s hemodialysis patients remain in clear view of staff while undergoing the procedure.

Dialysis tips

Here are some additional tips from Kathleen Good, MSN, RN, a former surveyor with TJC and now an associate of Patton Healthcare Consulting, for ensuring you keep patients safe and meet surveyor expectations.

Four steps to improve your hospital quality and safety rankings

Hospitals from coast to coast are engaged in efforts to boost quality and safety, such as initiatives aimed at hospital-acquired infections. For one hospital in particular, a poor Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade rating in 2014 became a launching pad for improved quality and safety.

Study: Most sepsis-associated deaths caused by coexisting conditions

Most sepsis-associated deaths are linked to other underlying causes and are not preventable with better sepsis care alone, indicates recently published research.

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