The Joint Commission has unveiled a tool hospitals can use to prevent incidences of wrong-site surgery. Developed by the Center for Transforming Healthcare, the Joint Commission's quality-improvement arm, the tool joins another one already available to providers for improving hand-hygiene compliance.
The Targeted Solutions Tool has several applications that allow hospitals to identify safety risks in their own organizations, determine root causes and develop specialized strategies to address them, the Joint Commission said.
“Reducing the risk of wrong-site, wrong-procedure and wrong-patient surgery is critical to patient safety and the reputation of any healthcare organization that performs invasive procedures” said Dr. Mark Chassin, president of the Joint Commission, in a news release. “The Targeted Solutions Tool offers organizations a straightforward approach to identifying and eliminating risks of wrong-site surgery in all phases of the process of surgery, from scheduling to the operating room.”