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Joint Commission International Center for Patient Safety Launches New Patient Safety Practices Online Resource

The Joint commission International Center for Patient Safety announced the launch of a new “in-development” Patient Safety Practices resource on the Center’s website. This beta version of the new online database offers a rich collection of practices and interventions for preventing adverse events while also soliciting user suggestions for enhancing the content and funtionality of the website.

Patient Safety Practices: An online Resource for Improving Patient Safety is available at www.jcipatientsafety.org/psp

FAQs for the 2006 National Safety Goals

Questions about the applicability of the National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) and associated requirements.

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JCAHO 2007 National Patient Safety Goals Implementation Expectations

Implementation expectations have been added to each requirement and appear in the same format as elements of performance (EPs) in standards. In addition, rationales have been added to some of the requirements. Organizations providing care relevant to these goals are responsible for implementing the applicable requirements or effective alternatives. Compliance with these requirements is assessed throughout the accreditation cycle, through on-site surveys, and the Periodic Performance Review (PPR).

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Universal Protocol

Frequently Asked Questions about the Universal Protocol for Preventing Wrong Site, Wrong Procedure, Wrong Person Surgery

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Could You Be Having Surgery in 2006? Be Ready to Communicate About Your Anesthesia

In a typical year, more than 40 million surgical procedures are performed in U.S. hospitals. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) wants to remind patients who are facing surgery and other invasive procedures to communicate with their anesthesiologist about their anesthesia.

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Health Care Risk Management Articles

Improving Surgical Site Infections Tracking

Lessons from a hospital’s two-year surveillance study could simplify the job of monitoring and documenting your post-op infection rates.

Besides the fact that most SSIs surface only after patients are long gone from your facility, surgical site infections in ambulatory surgery patients haven’t been extensively studied. The reason is simple: Traditional surveillance methods don’t let us comprehensively detect surgical site infections in ambulatory surgery. You can probably guess why.

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Inside Local Anesthesia

Understanding the intricacies of dosing and side effects can help make administration safer.

Though surgical administrators often don’t deal directly with the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of local anesthetics, it wouldn’t hurt to gain an understanding of these complexities from an anesthesia provider’s perspective. Doing so will give you the ability to discuss with your providers the way local anesthesia is used in your facility and will help you set standards of care, enhancing safety.

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Improving Cataract Procedures

How one surgery center benchmarked its way to improved cataract procedures.

You manage your employees, your case costs and your procedure times, and you’re not careless. Your facility turns a profit. Why compare it to other facilities? The accrediting agencies require you to, for one thing. But also, patients deserve to be treated, and staff members deserve to work, where people are striving for excellence. Competition breeds excellence, and numbers don’t lie. Benchmarking is essential.

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Preventable Errors

How four wrong-site surgeries could have been avoided.

In patient safety and risk management circles, wrong-site surgery is considered one of the “never events.” Healthcare industry observers estimate, however, that as many as 4,000 wrong-site, wrong-patient or wrong-procedure incidents occur each year, not to mention an incalculable number of near-misses. Four examples of wrong-site surgeries, adapted from actual incidents, are described below. After each scenario, experts offer their views on what went wrong and what would have been the right thing to do.

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