Accreditation

JCAHO IDs potential goals

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, October 1, 2005

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Accreditor announces standards changes

Learning objective: After reading this article, you will be able to

1. identify six potential National Patient Safety Goals for 2007.

Assessing a culture of safety by using technology such as bar coding to identify patients and implementing rapid response teams are among the potential 2007 National Patient Safety Goals the nation's hospital accreditor considered at a mid-September meeting, JCAHO officials said September 1.

In addition, the JCAHO planned in early September to evaluate draft leadership standards that regulate the assessment of a safety culture, Richard Croteau, MD, JCAHO executive director for strategic initiatives, said during the Hospital Executive Briefings in Rosemont, IL.

"This is a big topic that we might put one or two requirements in the goals," Croteau said. "And we might put more in the standards."

If the commission approves the standards for field review, which Croteau said he hopes will happen, the draft should be posted to the JCAHO Web site, www.jcaho.org .

Six potential goals revealed

Among the topics the Sentinel Event Advisory Group considered when it met September 12 include

  • assessing a culture of safety

  • reducing worker fatigue

  • using technology such as bar coding to help identify patients

  • patient elopement

  • improving safety of anticoagulants, insulin, and narcotics

  • rapid response teams

    The JCAHO proposed the safety-culture goal for the 2006 goals set, but the commission wanted more time to evaluate the requirements for such things as how to use assessment tools and address patient harm, Croteau said.

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