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Briefings on The Joint Commission is a monthly publication that provides regulatory analysis, case studies from your peers, best practices, and field-tested tools and forms to prepare you for Joint Commission survey day.

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  • Is the fight over? AORN to change recommendations in surgical headwear debate

    One of the fiercest fights in surgery is about ears. Do you cover them while conducting surgery? This simple question has fueled a bitter fight ever since The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) officially recommended that bouffant hats be worn in the OR by all surgical team members. Since then, there’s been a back-and-forth of testy statements and unsatisfying studies.

     

  • The Joint Commission: Comments open on proposed suicide risk NPSG through May 7

    Wishing you could weigh in on The Joint Commission’s expectations about suicide risk? You have your chance. Through May 7, The Joint Commission is accepting comment on proposed revisions to National Patient Safety Goal 15 on reducing the risk of patient self-harm.

  • Lawmakers want more AO oversight

    In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, the committee is asking for what could be reams of information from the agency about patient harm and incidents of misconduct at acute care hospitals.

  • 3 Ways to Knock C. diff Rates Down to Zero

    For Necia Kimber, RN, CIC, MHA, infection control practitioner at Stillwater (Oklahoma) Medical Center, "one infection is too many." Fortunately, when it comes to C. diff, Kimber has infection rates at the healthcare organization at just the right number: zero.

  • Joint Commission releases 2017 sentinel event stats

    Unintended retention of a foreign body, patient falls, and wrong-site surgery top The Joint Commission’s full list of reported sentinel events for 2017.

  • Report: Six opportunities to improve patient safety

    Over the next four years, $383.7 billion will be spent on adverse patient safety events in the United States and Western Europe. Researchers at Frost & Sullivan analyzed 30 major patient safety concerns to find the areas where a change could make the most impact.

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