In an effort to protect both patients and hospitals against the negative physical, emotional and financial consequences of unintended retention of foreign objects (URFOs), The Joint Commission released a new sentinel event alert that advises hospitals on how to decrease the number of these incidents.
Hospitals are cracking down on a problem that has been troublesome for years--abusive and angry behavior by doctors towards nurses, trainings, colleagues and other medical staff, according to Kaiser Health News.
The Joint Commission is proposing a new 2014 national patient safety goal--alarm management.
A year after Medicare and The Joint Commission rules on visitation rights went into effect, many hospitals are still struggling to meet regulations that allow patients to choose who visits them regardless of whether the visitor is a family member, spouse, domestic partner or any other visitor.
The Joint Commission yesterday warned hospitals about the dangers of using opioids on inpatients, calling for greater staff education particularly on opioid analgesics, which are most commonly associated with adverse drug events.
As many as 70 percent of central line-associated bloodstream infections can be prevented with evidence-based strategies, according to a Joint Commission report.
As interest in palliative care grows among the public and the healthcare profession, The Joint Commission has acknowledged the field's importance by creating a new recognition program. Hospitals that
The Joint Commission is calling attention to long work hours in a new Sentinel Event Alert released today. With documented links between healthcare worker fatigue and adverse events, as well as lower
With a brighter spotlight on overtesting and excessive procedures, The Joint Commission this week proposed a national patient safety goal (NPSG) for hospitals and critical access hospitals,
In light of the recent heated debate on diagnostic radiation testing, The Joint Commission yesterday released a Sentinel Event Alert in which the accrediting body warned healthcare organizations