Healthcare centers are no longer simple organizations that housed a doctor a few nurses. For one of the largest industries in the country, hospitals to clinics comprise of more than just healthcare professionals, but rather a wide breadth of skills necessary to run what is essentially a profit maximizing firm.
Whether we like it or not, healthcare is an industry dependent on the bottom line and will adjust its service to reflect that outcome. To help (or perhaps to its detriment) the process of innovation and efficiency, technology has played a wider role.
No longer just a factor in emerging treatments, technology improves patient care, offers more opportunities for education, and can increase efficiency of care.
Continue reading The expanding need for tech savvy healthcare professionals
This week COPAN (a firm named after COllection and Preservation for ANalysis) launched a set of videos demonstrating proper sample collection techniques for respiratory samples. The new videos were created for the CDC and The Joint Commission. The use will be web based directed to flu diagnosis and treatment in ambulatory settings for healthcare providers.
Demonstrations of Nasal and Nasopharyngeal swab sample collection use FLOQSwabs(TM) by COPAN and COPAN’s Universal Transport Media (UTM). Additional videos demonstrate proper technique for Nasal Aspirates and Nasal Washes. Continue reading COPAN Produces CDC/Joint Commission Educational Videos
Waking up with the wrong kidney removed is a horror story that’s played out countless times in North American hospitals. Surgeons will most likely walk into your operating room, ask you which body part and which side, and then scrawl your body with markers. Still, errors occasionally happen.
The Joint Commission unveiled a Targeted Solutions Tool to help physicians and hospitals spot one of 29 problems that can lead to an incorrect procedure. The commission’s Center for Transforming Healthcare tested the safety tool at eight U.S. hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. Continue reading Joint Commission project aims to reduce wrong-surgery risks
THe information that is so readily available online to curious searchers may now be moving to the bedside in some form. Patients and their families are increasingly taking an active role in their health care by becoming informed. A unique patient safety education program will be released to provide patients and their families with instant access to current patient safety videos at their bedside and while receiving care.
The 2012 SAFE CARE Patient Safety Education Program is a free offering developed to assist health care organizations in educating patients to help prevent medical errors. The campaign features videos from The Joint Commission’s Speak Up(TM) campaign, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Kimberly-Clark, the Patient Channel(R) from The Wellness Network, and Safe Care Campaign. The goal of the SAFE CARE Patient Safety Education Program is to save lives, prevent harm and help patients receive safer care.
Continue reading SAFE CARE Program to Provide Patient Education at Bedside
The Joint Commission announced the incoming Board of Commissioners for 2012, and the Board’s decision to make the three field representatives for long term care, behavioral health care and home care full voting members.
The seven new members include:
Continue reading Joint Commission Announces Board of Commissioners for 2012
As another year rings in JC will be implementing additional performance criteria for certain certifications. Hospitals can choose to adopt tobacco-cessation measures as part of their performance criteria to meet certification by the Joint Commission.
Continue reading 2012 Accreditation to Include Tobacco Cessation Measures
The Joint Commission has awarded hospital accreditation to Nash Hospitals and home care accreditation to Hospice and Palliative Care of Nash General Hospital. The accreditation was the result of a week-long survey, which was conducted in October, 2011.
Nash Hospitals received hospital accreditation for services offered at Nash Health Care. The Hospice program at Nash General Hospital earned Home Care accreditation as a result of its Joint Commission survey.
Continue reading Nash Hospitals Receives Accreditation
Healthcare providers who wish to qualify for Joint Commission approval much meet comprehensive on-site evaluation and compliance with nationally developed standards for quality care. The latest addition for hospice care facilities is Houston Solari Hospice Care’s home care program and Inpatient Hospice Home. They have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.
Continue reading Houston Solari Hospice Care’s home care program and Inpatient Hospice Home Accredited
The Joint Commission issued alert that highlights the hazards of health care worker fatigue and offers strategies to mitigate it. The alert listed nine steps providers can take to lower the risk of harm, including redesigning work schedules, educating staff about the dangers of long hours and encouraging a culture of safety.
Continue reading Alert on Fatigue and Strategies to Mitigate
The Joint Commission released its first list of top hospitals, using metrics meant to track quality of care. The list skewed small and rural hospitals. The metrics measure how well hospitals carry out processes of care that the group thinks should be standard for all patients with certain diagnoses. Examples include giving a person who is having a heart attack aspirin upon arrival at the hospital or the use of corticosteroids in children admitted with asthma. Continue reading Joint Commission Releases Top Hospital List