Month: September 2017

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Most Frequently Scored Standards

What are the most frequently scored standards so far in 2017?

The September Perspectives posts the 2017 most frequently scored standards. Although the specific standards scored aren’t surprising, the scoring frequency is. As a matter of fact, it increased dramatically!

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Medication Overrides

How do you handle medication overrides?

There is a new EP 16 for MM.08.01.01. It establishes a policy expectation for medication overrides. It pinpoints the review process for appropriateness and the frequency of the review. TJC also states that 100% review of overrides is not required.

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Ligature Risk Mitigation Strategies

Hospitals hammered on ligature risk mitigation strategies. It’s a problem even when screening for patient risk issues.

The only acceptable strategy we’ve seen is one-to-one supervision. But, the term, “suicide precautions,” causes confusion. It’s a term used by hospitals as their lowest risk category. It includes patient checks every 15 minutes. The next level incorporates line of sight observations. One-to-one is the highest risk category. Unfortunately some surveyors perceive term “suicide precautions” as high risk.

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