Healthcare News & Insights

Joint Commission: New maternal infectious disease requirements coming for hospitals

Hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission will soon have new requirements for infectious diseases transmittable by birth. Any organization with a labor and delivery unit will need to implement three new elements of performance (EPs) by July 1, 2018, to better identify mothers at risk of passing on infectious diseases to their babies. 

Joint Commission: Providers shouldn’t use texts to submit patient orders

Secure text messaging is becoming more common in hospitals, but not all information concerning patients’ health should be transmitted using this method of communication. The Joint Commission just issued guidelines about secure text messaging and providers’ orders, and you need to make sure your facility is in compliance. 

Joint Commission updates guidance on catheter-associated urinary tract infections

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are a significant problem for hospitals, and the feds are taking notice. In fact, the Joint Commission recently revised its hospital guidelines for prevention of CAUTIs, which means facilities will have to change their approach to the infections in the new year. 

Changes proposed to hospital pain management

To curb the growing trend of prescription drug abuse in the U.S., hospitals are being challenged to change the way they assess and treat patients’ pain. Some groups are even pressuring the feds to revamp how they present pain management to hospitals. 

What hospitals should do to prevent patient suicide

Suicide is a significant problem in the U.S. And the Joint Commission wants hospitals to do a better job at identifying patients who are at risk of harming themselves and referring them to the appropriate treatment resources. 

New for 2016: Joint Commission updates alarm guidelines

The Joint Commission has updated the standards hospitals must follow for their patient alarm systems in 2016. And your facility will need to know the details on the new guidelines to stay in compliance and keep patients safe. 

Cutting clutter: One hospital’s approach

With all the focus on boosting the quality of care in hospitals, other problems may fall through the cracks – such as clutter that creates obstructions in entryways and hallways. Ignoring this issue can cause headaches for facilities. 

New guidance for patient safety

In the current healthcare climate, patient safety is at the forefront of almost every hospital executive’s mind. The Joint Commission just released new safety guidelines that can help hospitals survive and thrive by bolstering their safety culture.

Misuse of vials: Joint Commission’s recommendations to prevent infections

In spite of the numerous infection control practices the healthcare industry has implemented, there have been at least 49 outbreaks due to the mishandling of injectable medical products, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And that statistic is very likely on the low side. 

Stop workplace bullying in hospitals

Do you know if your hospital has a problem with workplace bullying among staff? If you think not, you may be surprised, given the results of a recent survey.