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Steer clear of generalizations on your Joint Commission PFI

Digging into the files of my Hospital Safety Director’s Handbook, here are some thoughts about the Statement of Conditions (SOC).

The SOC process, from a survey perspective, does a couple of things [more]

2/3 audio conference looks at lesser-known Joint Commission interpretations

We’re excited about an upcoming audio conference on February 3 at 1 p.m. Eastern that will explore Joint Commission interpretations and FAQs that you might not know a lot about.

“Physical Environment Compliance 2010: The Joint Commission’s Latest Interpretations and Survey Hotspots” will help you put these interpretations and other practical strategies to work immediately at your hospital. Here’s the full agenda for the show: [more]

New fall seminars about life safety and emergency management

We’re happy to announce two brand new professional development seminars that will focus on the hot topics of Life Safety Code compliance and emergency managment: [more]

No BMP coming in 2010, says George Mills

Hi everyone, it’s Scott Wallask. I got a chance to ask George Mills, senior engineer at The Joint Commission, about the future of the building maintenance program (BMP). Mills spoke at a Joint Commission Resources audio conference on Wednesday.

Mills said there is no plan [more]

Five reasons to attend the Hospital Safety Center Symposium

Hello, it’s Scott Wallask logging in. There’s still time to make plans to attend the 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium May 14-15 in Las Vegas, and to nudge those of you on the fence, here are five great reasons to join us: [more]

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.”

You can listen [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]

Have you visited your Joint Commission FAQs lately? (How come you never call . . .)

Well, another week kicks into high gear, and once again, another Joint Commission FAQ is birthed into the world — this one for life safety.

If ever you wanted more information on the circumstances under which you would request a PFI extension [more]

New Joint Commission FAQ about life safety deficiencies

I just happened to notice a new Joint Commission FAQ (posted January 6) giving folks 45 days to correct a Life Safety Code deficiency before bumping it up to PFI status. That’s good news for the folks in the field.

A couple of thoughts about PFIs–they’re only a matter of time (and resources, and . . .)

Among the many requirements that didn’t change when the Life Safety Code leapt to its own chapter is the timely completion of PFIs (and that yawning chasm of shame if you miss the mark).
So, when it comes to planning your PFIs under your Statement of Conditions, you need to be very realistic when you identify how long it’s going to take to repair or otherwise bring into compliance the individual items.
Ultimately, the timeframe for completion is dictated by how long it will take to resolve the condition (yeah, I know–big surprise). But two suggestions:
  • The first thing I’d look at is the severity of the repairs. For example, is the PFI a barrier wall in a patient care area?
  • Then look at what resources need to be brought to bear to manage the long-term items (e.g., time, materials, staffing, access, and whatever else comes into play in figuring out how the conditions will be resolved).
While you do have some flexibility when corrections are delayed due to unforeseen circumstances, the correction of PFIs looks so much better when you don’t have to ask for an extension.
I suspect that this might be my last missive before Christmas, so please accept my best wishes to you for a joyous, happy, safe, sage, and prosperous existence.