Probably the most essential article to analyze in the June edition of The Joint Commission Perspectives is the one on “Improving High Level Disinfection (HLD) and Sterilization Processes.” This is a subject we have focused on repeatedly in our newsletter and hospitals continue to struggle. Read more
The Clarifications and Expectations column is present again in the June edition of The Joint Commission Perspectives and it is a must-read for your facilities managers. It discusses egress, clutter, and exiting, with hallway clutter being the most consistent problem for many years. Read more
The June edition of TJC Perspectives starts off by discussing the changes to NPSG.7 which take effect January 1, 2018. The first important change is to the applicability of NPSG.07.03.01, where carbepenum-resistant enterobacteraceae (CRE) has been added to the list of MDRO’s that are the focus of this safety goal. Read more
Last month we wrote about the increased emphasis on Joint Commission surveys on the subject of ligature risk. One of the questions we get asked a lot as consultants is: where can I purchase a safer bathroom door, a safer sink, a safer shower head, etc. There are two references we would suggest. The first is titled the Design Guide for the Built Environment. This used to be offered through the NAPHS, but now it is offered free of charge through the Facilities Guideline Institute, or FGI.
The May issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives includes another in the continuing series of articles entitled “Clarifications and Expectations.” This month they discuss LS.02.01.20 on egress. This article includes draft language which is subject to further refinement to align TJC standards with the CMS K-tags. The article is good for both quality professionals and facilities leaders to understand current requirements perhaps in greater detail. Read more