By Chris Vinton, Medical Solutions Quality Assurance Specialist
The end of the year is my favorite time of all, and it isn’t because of the pumpkin spice lattes, hearing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” a thousand times, or hanging out with family. It’s because this is the special time of year when The Joint Commission 2016 National Patient Safety Goals are released!
Why should you care about The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals? I’m glad you asked!
The Joint Commission is a non-profit organization that works with healthcare facilities throughout the United States to continually improve healthcare and patient safety. Many hospitals, clinics, and staffing companies (including Medical Solutions) strive to maintain their Joint Commission accreditation — and it is no small feat due to the tough standards The Joint Commission sets for hospitals, clinics, and staffing. But these strong standards are a good thing and they mean that every company with The Joint Commission’s stamp of approval is doing their absolute best.
As we share their commitment to quality patient care, Medical Solutions is proud to have been one of the very first healthcare staffing agencies in the nation to be awarded The Joint Commission’s Healthcare Staffing Services Gold Seal of Approval — and, we’ve been continuously certified since!
The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals are divided into several categories, depending on the facility or clinic, and highlight general problem areas throughout the healthcare field, offering professional, easy-to-implement solutions.
- Ambulatory Health Care
- Behavioral Health Care
- Critical Access Hospital
- Home Care
- Laboratory Services
- Long Term Care (Medicare/Medicaid)
- Nursing Care Center
- Office-Based Surgery
Each category can be read as a full PDF chapter, going in depth about the rationale behind the new goals or more bits of detail about the goal. The “easy-to-read” version is a very basic outline of what the goals are, with each of them listed in a bullet point fashion then a small description is given.
Get in the Holiday spirit this season and check out the “easy-to-read” version of the goals. It’s a very useful guide and takes less than a minute to read. If you want to know the reasons why behind each of the goals, you can read the full chapter. Most chapters are only 10-20 pages and will probably take about 20 minutes to read.