Tips from Joint Commission on survey readiness

Medication management updates are key for 2013: Red flags may include automated dispensing cabinets and therapeutic duplication

By Healthcare Facilities Today


Joint Commission surveys are a fact of life for health care facilities, but survey tips from Joint Commission representatives can provide insight to meet the latest standards, according to an article posted on the Pharmacy Practice News web site.

At the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists summer meeting, Jeannell Mansur, RPh, PharmD, FASHP, the practice leader for medication safety at Joint Commission Resources, and Pat Adamski, RN, MS, MBA, FACHE, the director of standards interpretation at The Joint Commission, reviewed some potentially sticky survey issues for hospitals related to the medication management and offered some tips to help improve compliance.

“One of the most important standards of the medication order chapter,” Mansur said, which requires pharmacist review of all orders for medications to be dispensed in the hospital. “This is a critical safety net.” 

Some red flags were related to automated dispensing cabinets and therapeutic duplication, according the at the article. Failure to meet requirements regarding medication labeling is another area of concern for the Joint Commission.

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September 6, 2013


Topic Area: Industry News


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