Briefings on Hospital Safety, October 2018
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October 1, 2018
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Examine your hospital’s medication compounding process and your compliance level with upcoming standards as The Joint Commission (TJC) signals its increasing focus on compounding as a problem area.
Be prepared to ask for time extensions from your accrediting organization and CMS to bring doors into compliance in your facility. As hospitals deal with ligature risks and Life Safety Code® (LSC) issues, there is a growing backlog of the needed parts and equipment, making it difficult to meet a regulatory requirement to fix deficiencies within 60 days.
In the chaos of the emergency department (ED), it’s easy to miss something you’re not searching for. Up to one in five people who die by suicide visit an ED in the four weeks prior to their death. And those who die by suicide are more likely to come to the ED with a non-psychiatric complaint than a psychiatric one.
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery notes that bariatric surgeries have steadily increased in recent years, climbing 10% (to 216,000 total surgeries) from 2015 to 2016 alone. Yet bariatric patients aren’t the only group that may present challenges with movement and transfer throughout the healthcare setting, which is one reason the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) made a terminology change in the 2018 edition of the FGI Guidelines.