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Joint Commission Alerts Organizations to Tubing Misconnection Risks

Wed, 2014-08-20 10:55
The Joint Commission issued a new Sentinel Event Alert today that addresses the risks of accidental medical tubing misconnections that can cause severe patient injury or death. Examples of potentially fatal misconnections include a feeding administration tube mistakenly connected to a tracheostomy tube, or an intravenous tube connected to an epidural site.

Joint Commission Education Module Aims to Reduce Long Term Care Infection

Wed, 2014-07-23 03:06
The Joint Commission today released an innovative online educational tool designed to apply the principles of high reliability to reducing infections in long term care settings such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

CMS Renews Joint Commission Hospital Accreditation Deeming Authority

Tue, 2014-07-01 05:11
he Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it has renewed the approval of The Joint Commission’s deeming authority for the accreditation of hospitals that want to participate in the Medicare program. The continued recognition was awarded for a six-year period effective July 15, 2014, through July 15, 2020.

The Joint Commission Alerts Health Care Industry to Prevalence of Unsafe Injection Practices

Mon, 2014-06-16 09:53
The Joint Commission alerts health care industry to prevalence of unsafe injection practices.

The Joint Commission Releases New Speak Up™ Infographic on Anesthesia and Sedation Safety

Fri, 2014-06-06 05:20
Nearly 40 million anesthetics are administered annually in the United States. To raise awareness of the risks of anesthesia or sedation and precautions that should be taken, The Joint Commission released a new Speak Up™ infographic today for patients and consumers titled “Speak Up: About Anesthesia and Sedation.”

Joint Commission Offers New Memory Care Certification for Nursing Homes

Wed, 2014-06-04 11:13
The Joint Commission’s Nursing Care Center Accreditation program will begin offering a new Memory Care Certification in July to recognize organizations that provide memory care services for patients and residents with dementia and other cognitive impairments.