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Mac’s Safety Space: Survey 2011–will we have to juggle more?

I probably spend too much time thinking about such things, but as I was pondering the expanding role (and presence) of the Life Safety Code® surveyors as we launch ourselves into the 2011 accreditation year, it occurred to me that this expansion might result in some scheduling conflicts during the conduction of the survey, particularly for smaller organizations in which folks (and you know who you are) don many hats within the confines of their work days.

I’m sure that the creation of individual survey schedules will be most thoughtful, but each organization organizes things a little differently (note to self: a new club – the Organization of Organized Organizations – the OOO, if you will), but the question becomes – do you have bench strength when it comes to managing the survey process? I’m thinking that it would mostly be the clinical folks that might be pulled in a couple of different directions during survey. What would you do if some of those folks had to forego the EOC/EM sessions because of “competing” clinical tracer activity?

Fortunately, we do get a little advanced notice when The Joint Commission provides a survey agenda ahead of time, but it might be worth checking to see if everything lays out in a manner that allows you to put your best foot forward. Again, probably too much thought, but it’s never a bad idea to have a strategy.

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Steve MacArthur About the Author: Steve MacArthur is a safety consultant with The Greeley Company in Danvers, Mass. He brings more than 30 years of healthcare management and consulting experience to his work with hospitals, physician offices, and ambulatory care facilities across the country. He is the author of HCPro's Hospital Safety Director's Handbook and is contributing editor for Briefings on Hospital Safety. Contact Steve at stevemacsafetyspace@gmail.com.

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