Quality & Patient Safety

Mac’s Safety Space: One more from the mailbag

Hospital Safety Insider, July 21, 2011

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Q: Regarding patient/nonpatient care areas, how often should I be performing site visits to off-site doctor offices run by the medical center? Once yearly or twice yearly?

A: That’s one that could go either way; strictly speaking, the two per year requirement is in the standards specific to hospitals and various assorted healthcare occupancies, but you could make the case that it’s best practice to extend that to physician office practices. What you could do is, if you decide to adopt the once a year, go at it as a function of a risk assessment and leave the option of increasing the frequency if conditions dictate, then wrap the whole thing up as part of the annual evaluation of the program scope.

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