HealthCareStaffing is Joint Commission Compliant.
The Joint Commission has been accrediting hospitals for more than 50 years. Its accreditation is a nationwide seal of approval that indicates a hospital meets high performance standards. Accreditation helps hospitals:
- Improve their performance,
- Raise the level of patient care, and
- Demonstrate accountability in the rapidly changing health care marketplace.
The Joint Commission is committed to improving health care safety. This commitment is inherent in its mission to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. At its heart, accreditation is a risk-reduction activity; compliance with standards is intended to reduce the risk of adverse outcomes. The Joint Commission demonstrates its commitment to patient safety through numerous efforts highlighted here.
Patient Safety-Related Standards
Many Joint Commission standards are directly related to safety, addressing such issues as medication use, infection control, surgery and anesthesia, transfusions, restraint and seclusion, staffing and staff competence, fire safety, medical equipment, emergency management, and security. These standards also include specific requirements for the response to adverse events; the prevention of accidental harm through the analysis and redesign of vulnerable patient systems such as the ordering, preparation and dispensing of medications and the organization’s responsibility to tell a patient about the outcomes of the care provided to the patient—whether good or bad.
Joint Commission Public Policy Initiatives
The Joint Commission has undertaken a series of public policy initiatives to address critical issues affecting the quality and safety of health care. These initiatives bring together experts within the healthcare field to generate solutions for these issues. The Joint Commission’s public policy initiatives are:
- Development of a National Performance Data Management Strategy
- Emergency Department Overcrowding
- Emergency Preparedness
- Health Care Professional Education
- Health Literacy and Patient Safety
- Hospital of the Future
- Nurse Staffing Crisis
- Organ Donation
- Tort Resolution and Injury Prevention