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Special Reports

Our special reports delve into specific safety topics to give you interpretations, analysis, practical advice and tips about important regulatory and The Joint Commission regulations as they come down the pike.


NEW! Official vs. implied physical environment documentation requirements
Following up on an article in the May 2010 Briefings on Hospital Safety, the following list outlines formal and possibly implied recordkeeping requirements in The Joint Commission’s EC, emergency management, and life safety standards. Official documentation requirements are noted in the standards with a circled “D” icon. Those elements of performance (EP) marked as “implied” requirements below have been selected by Briefings on Hospital Safety for your consideration, but don’t necessarily represent the view The Joint Commission would take.
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EXCLUSIVE FREE WHITE PAPER! Detailed citations in the environment of care, life safety, and emergency management standards (Free Download)
HCPro's exclusive 2010 Joint Commission survey update looks at specific situations that caused citations in the EC, emergency management, and life safety chapters, based on our online poll of accredited hospitals. You'll see which standards resulted in the most common findings, and also read tips from the field about the current survey process.

OSHA’s H1N1 compliance directive
OSHA’s new compliance directive, which the agency posted online in November 2009, outlines various deficiencies of H1N1 protection that could result in citations for hospitals.
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Sample hospital pandemic flu plan from Health First, Inc.

This 23-page pandemic flu plan showcases advanced strategies to support patients and the community during preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery phases. Posted with permission from Jim Kendig, MS, CHSP, CHCM, HEM, LHRM, vice president for safety and security at Health First, Inc., in Melbourne, FL.

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Life Safety 2008-2009 Crosswalk
This 25-page crosswalk connects The Joint Commisison’s 2008 and 2009 life safety requirements. The tool—developed by Brad Keyes, CHSP, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro Inc., in Marblehead, MA—includes information about how references within the former Part 3 of the Statement of Conditions transitioned to the 2009 life safety standards.
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Minnesota OSHA’s emergency eyewash and shower checklist
This checklist from Minnesota's state OSHA agency will help all hospitals better comply with eyewash provisions in American National Standards Institute's standard Z358.1, Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment (2004 edition).
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Joint Commission scoring changes as of July 1, 2009
As of July 1, 2009, The Joint Commission has amended the scoring of various elements of performance under the EC and life safety standards. Our chart synopsizes the amended scoring and offers analysis of the changes.
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Joint Commission survey reports from 2009

This new feature for subscribers culls full-length articles that detail Joint Commission surveys at hospitals in 2009. This special report will be updated throughout 2009.

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Crosswalk between The Joint Commission's 2008 and 2009 EC, life safety, and emergency management standards

This basic crosswalk connects the 2008 EC standards with the 2009 EC, life safety, and emergency management standards. Note that the life safety standards have expanded into more than 100 elements of performance based on the Life Safety Code® (LSC), which this crosswalk doesn’t detail.

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OSHA FAQ: Compliance for Ambulatory Healthcare Settings
Over the years, our sister newsletter, Medical Environment Update, has fielded thousands of questions about OSHA compliance and employee safety matters for healthcare facilities. This compilation looks at a variety of OSHA hot spots, and though it is aimed at ambulatory settings, hospitals will find this information useful, too.
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A look at healthcare workplace violence
Proactively reduce violent incidents in your facility with these helpful tips and suggestions.
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What you need to know about electronic material safety data sheets
Pitfalls to avoid and features to consider when making the transition from paper to electronic material data sheet files.
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Bridging fire safety between OSHA and the NFPA
Learn full details about OSHA’s fire safety standards and how they connect to various NFPA documents.
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Performing emergency evacuations
Advice for first responders and healthcare providers to prepare for biological, chemical, and radiological terrorist attacks that can result in mass casualties.
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What you need to know about hazardous waste in healthcare clinics
How to stay compliant with OSHA, EPA, and state regulations for handling and deposing of hazardous waste.
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