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What to do after The Joint Commission leaves

Hospital Safety Insider, July 24, 2014

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Preparing for a Joint Commission survey can preoccupy a safety official and take up more time than anything else in the job description. If you're new at the job, it's something that might even keep you up at night.

The unannounced Joint Commission survey is one of the most stressful and important parts of a hospital safety officer's position, and preparation for it is an ongoing process. Surveyors can spend days at your facility poring over training records and inspection reports, and grilling your employees to make sure they are knowledgeable about safety procedures and policies.

Even the most seasoned veterans will tell you it can be a stressful process to have a team of highly trained inspectors descend upon your facility with a critical eye toward your staff, safety and life safety procedures, regulatory compliance, and facilities and equipment.

But survive you will, and when the surveyors leave the building and give you your passing results, you can breathe a sigh of relief. It's party time, right?

Not so fast.

This is an excerpt from an article in the August issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety. Visit here to log in or subscribe.

 



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