Thursday, June 2, 2005
Modernhealthcare.com reports that the JCAHO issued its 2006 patient safety requirements and goals for hospitals with three new requirements:
- Hospitals must implement and evaluate the effectiveness of a program to reduce patient falls;
- Hospitals must take mandatory steps for improving caregiver communications by implementing a standardized approach to "handing off" patients between caregivers (including giving caregivers the opportunity to ask and answer questions);
- Hospitals must improve medication safety by labeling all medications and medication containers, such as syringes and solutions, in procedure areas.
Other National Patient Safety Goals (eff. January 1, 2006) are for Ambulatory Care and Office-Based Surgery, Assisted Living, Behavioral Health Care, Disease-Specific Care, Home Care, Laboratory, and Long Term Care Networks and can be found here. [tm]