Quality & Patient Safety

Patient Safety Monitor Journal, March 2019

Patient Safety Monitor, March 1, 2019

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Sharp HealthCare: Before the plane crash

The partnership between SAN, airlines, and local hospitals is now eight years old. In addition to creating an emergency contact list, hospitals have a seat at SAN’s monthly emergency planning meeting with airlines and airport stakeholders.

Suicide Prevention National Patient Safety Goal updated

The Joint Commission (TJC) announced revisions to its suicide prevention National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) November 27. NPSG 15.01.01 now has seven elements of performance (EP), up from three. All the changes are listed in R3 Report 18 and will take effect July 1, 2019. The update applies to all TJC-accredited hospitals and behavioral healthcare organizations.

Examine your dialysis space to ensure room to separate infectious patients

Hemodialysis is one of four areas The Joint Commission (TJC) says it’s increasing focus on during surveys. With this in mind, ensure that your hospital’s hemodialysis patients remain in clear view of staff while undergoing the procedure. In addition, make sure there’s enough space to separate patients with respiratory illnesses, fevers, fecal incontinence, or other infectious conditions.

Dialysis tips

Expect more focus on hemodialysis this year. The Joint Commission  (TJC) and CMS have indicated that surveyors will focus on infection control practices, including isolation of infectious patients and medication storage, preparation, and administration.

Four steps to improve your hospital quality and safety rankings

To rise to this challenge, hospitals from coast to coast are engaged in efforts to boost quality and safety, such as initiatives aimed at hospital-acquired infections. For one hospital in particular, a poor Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade rating in 2014 became a launching pad for improved quality and safety.

Look to "Blueprint" to understand new EPA requirements on hazardous drug waste

Consider managing all your pharmaceuticals as hazardous waste, especially if you are a smaller facility. And warn your C-suite that you’ll be scrutinized for compliance once new environmental regulations take effect.

Anticoagulant National Patient Safety Goal updated

The Joint Commission (TJC) announced revisions to its anticoagulant therapy National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) December 7. NPSG 03.05.01 has eight new or revised elements of performance (EP).

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