A third of Medicare/Medicaid-certified long-term care providers surveyed by The Joint Commission during the first half of this year struggled to meet basic hand hygiene requirements, according to data recently released by the accrediting organization.
A new CMS consulting program is being offered by Joint Commission Resources. Long-term care groups can receive assistance from former state or federal surveyors, the company said.
The Joint Commission has issued a warning to providers about the dangers of alarm fatigue, which can occur when clinicians become desensitized to the incessant beeping of medical device alarms. The organization cautioned that various alarm systems — including ventilators, blood pressure monitors and infusion pumps — may undermine resident safety.
The Joint Commission recently unveiled a Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation program. The program — which replaces its Long Term Care Accreditation program — is designed to help providers achieve, maintain and demonstrate excellence.
The Joint Commission, which accredits healthcare facilities, requires hospitals to send discharge summaries to nursing homes within 30 days of a hospitalization, but University of Wisconsin researchers found these reports are frequently incomplete or delayed.
The Joint Commission is seeking provider feedback on national patient-safety goals intended to decrease infections such as ventilator-related pneumonia and catheter-related urinary tract infections.
Violence and crime in healthcare facilities is on the rise, but the true extent of the problem may still be unknown, according to a new Sentinel Event Alert issued Thursday by the Joint Commission.
The Joint Commission recently emphasized the need for more involvement from healthcare administrators, executives and trustees in preventing medical errors. It also recommended using successful methods from other industries to improve quality in healthcare.
The Joint Commission, an independent healthcare accreditation and certification organization, on Wednesday released guidance for increased healthcare worker influenza vaccinations.