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Briefings on Hospital Safety, March, 2018


March 1, 2018

Editor's Note: Click the PDF button above for a full edition of the March 2018 edition of Briefings on Hospital Safety.

Review ED policies, training on EMTALA, proper discharge after viral video

Use the video of a woman wearing only a hospital gown and socks left on a recent cold night by security guards at a bus stop outside a Baltimore hospital as a training tool to review expectations for dealing with difficult cases at your facility’s Emergency Department.

Joint Commission focuses on biohazard container labeling

Double-check the inventory of your hazardous waste and materials on site, ensure that biohazard containers have the correct labeling available for whatever chemicals are inside and ensure new staff are trained on the hazardous materials used in their departments.

Check new SAG lists, get latest IC manual to prepare for 2018 surveys

This year promises to be even more challenging than last as surveyors add in new expectations on medication and pain management, ligature risk, emergency preparedness, ramped up infection control and other issues. Here are some concerns to watch for and tips to survive survey in 2018.

CDC issues guidelines for healthcare facilities for preventing the next outbreak

Infection control experts have been warning for some time now that the newest, and perhaps worst, infectious illness outbreak is yet to hit the U.S. Recently, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, with the support of the CDC, released a new guidance document designed to help hospitals and smaller healthcare facilities respond to outbreaks of infectious diseases quicker and more efficiently.

HFAP reports most-cited standards, suggestions for improvements

The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) has released an annual quality report that lists the most commonly cited standards found during its 2016 surveys. The first annual HFAP Quality Report is being touted by the group as the first of a planned annual compilation and review of data from surveys conducted the prior year — much like the reports that hospitals have come to expect from other accreditors such as The Joint Commission.

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