Briefings on Hospital Safety, February, 2018
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February 1, 2018
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Assess all patient care areas in behavioral health units and psychiatric hospitals for possible ligature points and be prepared to do what it takes to correct problems or have an interim safety measure in place to avoid a finding of immediate jeopardy (IJ) by CMS.
CMS issued a long-awaited survey-and-certification memo on December 8 to help guide its regional and state surveyors as the agency ramps up pressure on hospitals to minimize the chances patients identified as at-risk for self-harm have to injure themselves while in a behavioral health unit or psychiatric hospital. Thorough risk assessments and clear plans to mitigate danger to patients will be critical to satisfying CMS concerns about ligature risk, say experts.
Improperly reprocessed gastrointestinal scopes, subpar disinfection procedures, cybersecurity threats, and flaws in medicine administration systems will continue to threaten safety in U.S. healthcare facilities in 2018.
USP and others encourage healthcare organizations to adopt these standards early, especially since they’re not expected to change and they represent the culmination of more than three decades of work to protect healthcare workers and foster safe environments despite the presence and use of dangerous drugs.
This timeline offers a partial list of major hazardous drug handling guidelines and milestones noted on OSHA’s Safety and Health Topics webpage in the 2016 update to Controlling Exposure to Hazardous Drugs.