On February 24th TJC published Sentinel Event Alert 56 on Detecting and treating suicide ideation in all settings. Like all the Sentinel Event Alerts you will want to assign a team to review and analyze the information in the alert and to implement those recommendations that will help improve care in your organization. As with all alerts, there is no mandate to implement all the advice, but there is an expectation that the advice be considered, so be sure to document your team’s analysis and conclusions.
Often we see an opened package of self-adhesive electrode patches on top of code or EKG carts, or patches stored loosely in drawers in procedural areas. Various vendors manufacture these patches and many offer no explicit instruction on the package on how long they remain safe to use once the package is opened. Some go to the other extreme by instructing “do not use if the package is opened,” an instruction that many ignore thinking about the waste of throwing away seemingly good unused patches, rationalizing, why worry; if they stick well enough they most certainly are still good to use.
The March issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives contains an article on the latest change in the diagnostic imaging standards that have new requirements effective September 2016. Fortunately you have hopefully been reading and anticipating these for a long time as they have been in development and published by TJC on several occasions.