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The Joint Commission Appoints Herman McKenzie to Standards Interpretation Group

Herman McKenzie, MBA, CHSP, has been appointed by The Joint Commission to director of the Department of Engineering, Standards Interpretation Group. McKenzie reports to Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Ana Pujols McKee, M.D. Read More …

Renewed Focus: New Guidance Released for Anti-Ligature Compliance

Identifying risks, remediation strategies in behavioral health facilities

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. Although the majority of suicides occur outside the hospital environment, the industry has renewed its focus on designing facilities to avoid ligature risks. The Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently formalized new standards to help facility Read More …

The Joint Commission Appoints New Infection Prevention and Control Director

Sylvia Garcia-Houchins, MBA, RN, CIC, has joined The Joint Commission as its new director of infection prevention and control in the Division of Healthcare Improvement. She has more than 30 years of experience in infection prevention and control in both hospital and long-term care settings, Read More …

New Safety Advisory from The Joint Commission Helps Prepare Healthcare Organizations for Disasters

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. – Power failure, fire, flood, industrial accident, cyberattack—disasters such as these can put both healthcare organizations and their patients at risk. A new Quick Safety advisory from The Joint Commission provides healthcare organizations with risk factors, safety recommendations Read More …

Panel Issues Suicide Prevention Recommendations

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Although the vast majority of suicides occur outside of healthcare facilities, many suicides occur every year in healthcare facilities, as well as in the time shortly after discharge—impacting psychiatric hospitals, psychiatric units within general hospitals, Read More …

ECRI Institute’s Alarm Safety Handbook Helps Hospitals Minimize a Top Threat to Patient Safety

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. — Widespread. Threatening to patients. Difficult to eliminate. Characteristics of a deadly new disease? Not quite. The issue is alarm hazards—the No. 1 danger on ECRI Institute’s 2014 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards list. Read More …

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