The Joint Commission announced a new initiative to identify and measure unsafe practices and stop breakdowns that lead to poor quality of care in hospitals.
Joint Commission announces new safety initiative
The accrediting organization launched the Center for Transforming Healthcare to take on quality initiatives. The center's first project will study handwashing failures, which lead to hospital-acquired infections. Eight hospitals, which will be the initial participants, joined the Joint Commission to announce the project in Washington. Solutions will be shared with accredited healthcare facilities, the commission said in a news release.
Based on an assessment using the center's measurement methods, the eight hospitals found staff washed their hands less than 50% of the time, on average, the commission said. Now the hospitals will test solutions designed by the commission's center, based on improvement techniques such as Six Sigma and Lean.
After handwashing, the center will study breakdowns in patient handoff communications, working with a group of different hospitals. In the future the commission said the center will look at infection control, patient identification and medication errors.
What do you think? Post a comment on this article and share your opinion with other readers. Submit your comments to Modern Healthcare Online at [email protected]. Please be sure to include your hometown and state, along with your organization and title.
Send us a letter
Have an opinion about this story? Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor, and we may publish it in print.