The international accreditation-standards group Joint Commission International has released a free tool kit aimed at helping nonaccredited hospitals around the globe improve their healthcare quality and patient-safety outcomes.
Known as the International Essentials of Health Care Quality and Patient Safety program, the tool kit provides a framework for hospitals to design and implement a risk-reduction program, said JCI officials during a news conference. The tools will address five areas of risk: leadership process and accountability; competent and capable workforces; safe environment for staff and patients; clinical care of patients; and improving quality and safety.
This program was created as a framework for hospitals not yet ready for JCI accreditation, said Karen Timmons, JCIs president and chief executive officer. She added that the program will provide a system for those hospitals to begin working toward best practices and the eventual goal of accreditation. Health ministers in China and Mexico along with Palestinian health officials have agreed to establish demonstration projects testing the outcomes of the program, according to a JCI spokesman. -- by Shawn Rhea