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Joint Commission Alert: Medical Device Alarm Safety in Hospitals

July 9, 2013 Comments off

Joint Commission Alert: Medical Device Alarm Safety in Hospitals
Source: Joint Commission

The constant beeping of alarms and an overabundance of information transmitted by medical devices such as ventilators, blood pressure monitors and ECG (electrocardiogram) machines is creating “alarm fatigue” that puts hospital patients at serious risk, according to a Sentinel Event Alert issued today by The Joint Commission.

The Joint Commission Alert urges leaders at hospitals to take a focused look at this serious patient safety issue. Over a recent four-year period, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) database shows that there were more than 560 alarm-related deaths and The Joint Commission’s sentinel event database includes reports of 80 alarm-related deaths and 13 serious alarm-related injuries during a similar period.

Joint Commission Annual Report Names Top Performing Hospitals

September 16, 2011 Comments off

Joint Commission Annual Report Names Top Performing Hospitals
Source: Joint Commission

For the first time, The Joint Commission’s 2011 annual report on quality and safety, Improving America’s Hospitals, lists hospitals and critical access hospitals that are top performers in using evidence-based care processes closely linked to positive patient outcomes. The 405 organizations identified as attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for the full previous year (2010) represent approximately 14 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals that report core measure performance data.

Based on performance related to 22 accountability measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma care, The Joint Commission report singles out hospitals in 45 states. The list of top performing hospitals and the measure set or sets for which the hospital was recognized are available online.

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