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Listen to our free hospital safety audio conference online, any time

Hi everyone, it’s Scott Wallask checking in today. I’m happy to announce that we’ve posted a free online recording of our January 29 audio conference, “Hospital Safety in 2009: A Sneak Preview of HCPro’s 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium.”

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Inside info: Joint Commission document notes EC tracer as part of formal survey agenda

Hi everyone, it’s Scott Wallask. We don’t have full details yet, but the internal Surveyor Survey Activity Guide given to surveyors by The Joint Commission indicates that EC tracers are now a formal part of the EC and emergency management session during accreditation visits.

Is this earth-shattering news? No, it isn’t. But it once again points to inconsistencies about what The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) tells accredited hospitals versus what it tells its surveyors. [more]

Audio conference highlight: CEOs and your Joint Commission PFIs

Hi everyone, it’s Scott Wallask. I’d sure like to thank everyone who joined us on Thursday for our free audio conference, “Hospital Safety in 2009: A Sneak Preview of HCPro’s 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium.”

In addition to getting an early look at what’s coming for this year’s Hospital Safety Center Symposium May 14-15, listeners also got an interesting tidbit from Brad Keyes, CHSP, life safety consultant for The Greeley Company in Marblehead, MA. [more]

Special offer to join our free audio conference on January 29

Hi everyone, it’s Scott Wallask checking in today. I wanted to let all of you know about a special, totally free audio conference that we’re holding on January 29 at 1 p.m. Eastern. [more]

Early thoughts from NYC hospitals about the Hudson River plane crash

Hi everyone, it’s Scott Wallask logging in today. I just chatted with a couple of representatives of New York City hospitals about the plane that crashed into the Hudson River on Thursday afternoon and their facilities’ response to the incident.

Two important early points came up in our conversations: [more]

Question yourself about inventories under EM.01.01.01

Under emergency management standard EM.01.01.01, The Joint Commission requires a documented inventory that includes, and I quote, “the resources and assets [the hospital] has on site that may be needed during an emergency . . .”

Now this inventory has to, as specifically noted in the standard, include the following: [more]

Some thoughts about The Joint Commission’s new EPs

Regarding these new EPs The Joint Commission released this week, I’d say fortunately, at least on the EC side of things, this is all stuff that is already (or should already be) in place by any organization that can be surveyed directly under the Conditions of Participation (COPs).

For instance, the expansion of consideration of radiation as a hazardous materials under EC.02.02.01 is a direct reflection of section 482.53(c) under the physical environment section of the COPs.


Check out the brochure for the Hospital Safety Center Symposium

It’s hard to believe, but we’re only about four months away from our 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium, which takes place May 14-15 in Las Vegas. This year’s agenda and speaker roster is the biggest yet, and at only one-and-half days, we keep your time out of the hospital to a minimum while giving you plenty of value.

Click here to download our full-color, PDF brochure, which lists our faculty bios and full session descriptions.

You have until March 13 to take advantage of our early bird discount, which lets you take $100 off the regular registration price. I hope to see all of you at the 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium, as this is going to be a “can’t miss” program.

If you have any further questions about the show, e-mail me.

Joint Commission suddenly releases more new EPs for 2009

Hi everyone, it’s Scott Wallask.

In an about-turn from what it said throughout 2008, The Joint Commission has released a slew of new elements of performance (EPs) that were not previously in the accreditor’s 2009 standards. And how’s this: The EPs went into effect January 1, but were just released January 5. Surveyors won’t score the new EPs until July 1, 2009, though, and it’s possible further changes are coming.

And to be fair, the new requirements seem minor or things many of you are already doing.


Emergency management scoring grace period ends January 1

Hi folks, it’s Scott Wallask checking in today. Steve Mac is on vacation this week (well deserved after I heard about the amount of miles he logged in the air in the last couple of months).

I wanted to remind you that a Joint Commission grace period–during which certain emergency management citations wouldn’t count against your hospital’s accreditation status–is ending as of January 1.

Because the new 2009 emergency management chapter renumbers the previous standards, double-check these provisions, all of which fell under the grace period in 2008:

  • EM.01.01.01, EP 8-Documenting an inventory of assets and resources
  • EM.02.02.03, EP 6-Monitoring quantities of assets and resources
  • EM.02.01.01, EP 3-Meeting the 96-hour provision
  • EM.02.02.01, EP 7-Communicating with vendors of essential supplies and services
  • EM.02.02.03, EP 5-Sharing of assets and resources with healthcare facilities outside of the community
  • EM.02.02.03, EP 9-Transporting patients, medications, equipment, and staff members to alternate care sites
  • EM.02.02.05, EP 3-Coordinating security activities with outside agencies
  • EM.02.02.05, EP 4-Managing hazardous materials and wastes
  • EM.02.02.07, EP 7-Training staff members about their roles in emergency response
  • EM.02.02.07, EP 8-Communicating with licensed independent practitioners about their roles in emergency response
  • EM.02.02.09, EP 5-Determining alternative supplies of fuel for building operations or essential transport activities
  • EM.02.02.11, EP 6-Managing mental health needs of patients
  • EM.02.02.11, EP 7-Managing mortuary services
  • EM.02.02.11, EP 8-Documenting and tracking clinical information

Emergency management will be a big part of our 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium in May, so I encourage you to check out the full agenda.