Looking forward: Expect the next decade to focus on coping with new technology and old problems
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January 12, 2020
by A.J. Plunkett (email@example.com)
Healthcare compliance changed quite a bit in the last decade. For one thing, fire safety moved into the current millennium with the adoption of the 2012 versions of NFPA 101 Life Safety Code® (LSC) and NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities Code®.
OK, technically only the use of the 1999 version of NFPA 99 qualified as the last millennium, but using the 2000 version of NFPA 101 was close enough to the last millennium to have endlessly frustrated facilities managers and accreditation professionals who had to juggle other jurisdictions having authority that had adopted later versions. CMS did finally catch up with the formal adoption of the 2012 versions of both fire safety codes in 2016.
That was just one of the key challenges of the decade spanning 2010-2019. There was the push to reduce hospital-acquired conditions, highlighted by what seemed like an all-out war with infections such as Clostridium difficile (C. diff), influenza, Staphylococcus, Legionella, molds, and any and all microorganisms clinging to life on various hard-to-clean medical devices like endoscopes and surgical instruments. There were concerns about sterile compounding and the safety of medication administration.
So what of the 2020s? There will be many things that will build on past accomplishments—and challenges. And there are already new patient safety initiatives.
Here are some thoughts on what you can expect going forward.