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The Joint Commission’s life safety field review closes next Tuesday

Hospital Safety Insider, January 16, 2008

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If you haven't already, there's still time to comment on The Joint Commission's (formerly JCAHO) proposed life safety standards. The field review closes on January 22, and the final standards are scheduled to go into effect in January 2009.

For hospitals, there are nine proposed standards with 101 EPs that surveyors will score. The Joint Commission, in its preamble to the field review, indicates it's working on a new standards scoring system, which hopefully will attempt to avoid a sudden spike in adverse accreditation decisions based on the sheer amount of new life safety EPs.

The February 2008 Healthcare Life Safety Compliance will have further analysis about what the final standards could mean for you.



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