Changes in Joint Commission standards for environment of care coming

By Healthcare Facilities Today
March 19, 2014
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Standards changes related to the Joint Commission's Environment of Care (EC) and Emergency Management (EM) chapters are coming this year. According to an article on the Healthcare Facilities Management magazine website, not all changes will reside in these two chapters, but their impact will.

Changes in areas ranging from electrical systems, hazard communication and leadership to emergency readiness are on the horizon.

Twelve of the top 20 standards most frequently cited by the Joint Commission relate to the EC and are in the EC, EM and infection control (medical equipment-related) chapters, so 2014 offers a range of opportunities for improvement, according to the article.

Author Susan B. McLaughlin, managing director of MSL Healthcare Consulting Inc., suggested that facilities professionals review the changes in the article and use them to improve their operations.

Read the article.



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