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Patient Safety Monitor is the premier online destination for news, analysis, and training in the patient safety community.

This time-saving resource includes:

  • Patient Safety Crosswalk: an interactive grid that organizes state, CMS, and Joint Commission requirements by topic
  • Patient Safety Monitor Journal newsletter and weekly email newsletter
  • Patient Safety Monitor Blog and Talk Group
  • Tools Library with sample forms and policies
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Patient Safety Monitor Journal

Patient Safety Monitor Journal answers your most important patient safety questions and offers field-tested compliance strategies to ensure your patient safety efforts measure up to The Joint Commission.

  • The future of infection prevention

    Healthcare organizations are feeling the repercussions of noncompliance when it comes to infection prevention. For several years now, the most cited clinical standard in hospitals, critical access hospitals, and ambulatory healthcare by The Joint Commission has been:

    IC.02.02.01: The hospital reduces the risk of infections associated with medical equipment, devices, and supplies.

    According to The Joint Commission, the most common reasons for noncompliance include:

    • Not following current, nationally accepted, evidence-based guidelines and manufacturers’ instructions for use
    • Orientation, training, and assessments of staff competency not conducted by an individual qualified to do so
    • Lack of quality assurance process
    • Lack of collaboration with infection prevention professionals
    • No pre-cleaning at point of use
    • Recordkeeping: Incomprehensible or non-standardized logs, incomplete documentation, and lack of bidirectional tracing of scopes and/or surgical instruments
    • Inconsistent processes in performing high-level disinfection and sterilization such as handling, transporting, and cleaning reusable instruments

  • Case study: Human trafficking prevention at Dignity Health

    With a span of providers reaching almost half the country, the Dignity Health system kicked off its Human Trafficking Response (HTR) Program in 2014 with the intent of identifying and helping trafficking victims. Within a year, it identified at least 31 people with high or moderate indicators that they were victims of human trafficking, and that number has grown with each year since.

    Between 2007 and 2017, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has identified 43,564 human trafficking victims living in the U.S. At least 88% of these victims visit a healthcare provider at least once during their captivity and aren’t recognized as victims, say experts.

  • This simple tool predicts readmission risk for heart attack patients

    A new risk model provides a simple and inexpensive way to determine whether acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients are at high risk for hospital readmission.

    The risk model, which is detailed in a recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, features seven variables that can be scored in as little as five minutes during a patient's first day of hospital admission. With a simple calculation at the bedside or in an electronic health record, physicians can determine whether a heart attack patient is at high risk for readmission and can then order interventions to help the patient avoid a return to the hospital after discharge.

  • CMS is intensifying focus on Legionella

    A good water management plan begins with your facilities management team and a solid risk assessment of your water distribution and storage systems, which must include a walk-through of your hospital with your on-site plumbing expert.

    CMS recently updated a memo to its survey teams on reducing the risk of Legionella bacteria to specifically note that facilities must have a water management plan that surveyors can review.

  • Q&A: Joint Commission on medication management

    The Joint Commission’s 2019 Executive Briefings were held September 14 in New York City. The discussion on medication management was one of the most far-ranging, with questions on medication compounding, opioids and painkillers, and syringe use asked and answered. The man doing the answering was Robert Campbell, PharmD, a pharmacist with The Joint Commission’s Standards Interpretation Group.

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The Patient Safety Monitor Tools Library is a comprehensive collection of sample forms and policies. Search through our downloadable and customizable templates to find what you need, when you need it.

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Patient Safety Talk connects you with hundreds of patient safety professionals across the country. This online talk group allows members to voice their opinion, share tools and policies, and receive answers to industry-related questions.