Update on the Joint Commission 2019 Focus areas: The Need for Mindfulness

Live Webinar

  • 60 minutes

We will identify key policy steps required for compliance for each of the four high-risk areas: Sterile medication compounding, suicide prevention, high-level disinfection, and hemodialysis. Surveyors have been trained to have a different approach to surveying these areas. Leadership needs to provide direct oversight to these areas as well as the documentation of training, competency assessment, and monitoring. We will discuss the criteria for orientation, training and competency assessments. Personnel involved may be so distracted by all the work that needs to be accomplished that they may not have consistent mindfulness while processing equipment, preparing medications, performing dialysis and being vigilance for suicide prevention. Each step of each of these activities is an ongoing key for patient safety.

Join this session by expert speaker Marge McFarlane where she will provide a highlight of the four high-risk focus areas along with links and tips for compliance from a facility and infection prevention perspective.

Session Highlights:

  • List the four JointCommission focus areas

  • Identify thehigh-risk activity for each area

  • Correlate JointCommission standards with CMS Conditions of Participation

  • Review resourcesavailable

  • Discuss tips for monitoring compliance

Why You Should Attend:

In July of 2018, The Joint Commission began enhancing its focus on sterile medication compounding, suicide prevention, high-level disinfection, and hemodialysis. These are areas that introduce significant risk into facilities and harm has occurred. There have been a number of immediate threat findings related to these topics. The  Joint Commission stated that a letter went out to the CEO of accredited organizations informing them of this enhanced survey process.

Who Should Attend:

  • Healthcare Leadership/ Senior Leadership

  • Facilities leadership, clinical and non-clinical

  • Safety directors/managers

  • Accreditation Specialists

  • System/Divisional Leadership

You may ask your Question directly to our expert during the Q&A session.

** You can buy On-Demand and view it as per your convenience.

Marge Mcfarlane

Marge Mcfarlane

Marge McFarlane, PhD, MT (ASCP), CHFM, CJCP, CHSP, HEM, MEP, brings over 40 years of comprehensive experience in the environment of care, life safety, emergency management and infection prevention for construction. McFarlane has authored handbooks on the GHS update to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard and OSHA training for Medical Facilities. She is a frequent presenter for seminars, regional conferences, and audio conferences on OSHA topics, infection prevention, hazardous materials/RCRA waste streams and emergency management. She is currently working with healthcare systems and clinics nationally to identify and mitigate risks in the physical environment.

McFarlane holds a PhD in Safety Engineering and master’s degrees in Environmental and Public Health (ENPH) from the UW – Eau Claire and Risk Control from the UW–Stout. She is a member of the Wisconsin Healthcare Engineering Association (WHEA) Code Committee, the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) and the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS). She is a FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner and has served as a healthcare subject matter expert for regional, state and national exercises.

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