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In 2011, set another place at the table

At the recent Joint Commission Executive Briefings Session held in New York, an announcement was made that will  infinitely increase the complexity of the Joint Commission survey process for all safety folks. And what, you might ask, is that? Beginning in 2011 (presumably January, but I don’t know that for certain), everybody within the sound of my voice and the sight of my words will be have a Life Safety Code surveyor in their facility for (at least) an additional day during a “triennial” survey.  If you had one day last time, now it’ll be two. Two last time, now it’ll be three for you, my friend. And so on.

The fact of the matter is that the data being collected during the survey process (four out of the top five most frequently cited standards are EC/LS related) demonstrates that we (collectively) are not doing a very good job when it comes to compliance with the standards, particularly when it comes to those pesky (and I use that term quite hyperbolically) Life Safety Code deficiencies. And, I have no reason to think that this is going to go away until there is a marked improvement in findings.


Download our popular (and free) special report on Joint Commission citations

If you haven’t had a chance yet, check out why more than 1,100 of your colleagues have downloaded a free special report posted on the Hospital Safety Center.

The six-page white paper, “Joint Commission survey update 2010: Detailed citations in the environment of care, life safety, and emergency management standards,” reports on the results on an exclusive poll we conducted of hospitals surveyed last year.

You’ll see which EC, emergency management, and life safety standards pulled the biggest citations, and also read specific information about a variety of deficiencies that surveyors noted. This is one of the most popular special reports we’ve ever published, so don’t be left out.