The December issue of TJC Perspectives reminds us that TJC has posted a draft set of standards for antimicrobial stewardship to their website. You can access proposed standards from their home page by clicking on the standards tab. The standards in general do not seem onerous, but there is an annual expectation for education for staff involved in ordering, dispensing or administration including all prescribing LIP’s.
These blanket training expectations are, over time, difficult to continue to document in a manner that will satisfy most surveyors. Most importantly, this is your opportunity to help shape the process. Your Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee members and Infection Control Committee members should all be asked to review the draft and post comments or make suggestions. This prepublication development process is one of the good things Joint Commission does with the industry so take advantage of the opportunity.
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