Goals Of The Joint Commission

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The Joint Commission has instituted a number of goals nationally with the aim to improve patients’ safety. The goals selected look at areas that are of concern in the healthcare industry, particularly how it affect patients’ safety and make recommendations how to reduce if not eradicated these. Using the evidence-based prevention measures instituted by the Joint Commission both hospitals, Holy Cross Hospital located in Silver Spring, Maryland and Shady Grove Hospital situated in, Rockville, Maryland received accreditation, and report is available. A detailed analysis will look at the scores received by both institutions and analyzed what this says about the quality of care these institutions can and will provide. In addition, how these institutions …show more content…
The goals set by the Joint commission are: Improve the accuracy of patients’ identification. The recommendation is for all healthcare providers to start a policy of using at least two patients’ identifiers when providing care, treatment, and services. This goal has two objectives, one to verify the person for whom the service or treatment is for and to match the service or treatment to that individual. By adhering to this recommendation, this will reduce many of the errors in the healthcare system. Improve communication effectiveness among caregivers, is another goal. The aim is to give the responsible licensed caregiver the results from any test done within an established period so that the patient can receive treatment in a timely manner. In medicine, time is very important; it often can mean life or …show more content…
In investigating medical errors, sustained while in a healthcare setting, particularly those related to the administration of medication, the finding was that often these errors was because medications and other solutions taken from their original containers and placed into unlabeled containers. The recommendation is to label all medications, particularly those taken out of the original packaging. Alarms in clinical settings are to alert caregivers of potential patients’ problems, but often malfunctioning of these can cause harm to patient. The Joint Commission hope to reduce the harm associated with clinical alarm systems. The organization hopes that with proper management and regular maintenance of these, this will reduce harm to patients. Reducing the risk of health care–associated infections is also a goal targeted by the Joint Commission. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that approximately two million patients contracted infections while in a hospital and of those almost 80,000 died as a result of the infections The Joint commission recognized that the suicide of patient in healthcare is prevalent, and has one of its goals for healthcare workers to identify at risk patients. The recommendation is to identify those individuals at risk for suicide while under the care of or following discharge from a health care

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