Quality & Patient Safety

Second generation tracers: Focusing the scope

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, March 1, 2012

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Ever since The Joint Commission announced its focus on second generation tracers in fall 2011, hospitals have looked for ways to work with their tracer process to make the most of this new concept. Traditional tracers, since they first arrived on the scene, have been an integral part of hospital survey preparation. What second generation tracers do is take that successful concept and narrow the focus to problem areas and known challenges.

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