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The JCAHO Patient Safety Standards


Cloudy Mayon

Cloudy Mayon and Patient safety

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization or JCAHO is one of the international accreditation bodies acknowledged as significant moving force behind  patient safety standards in hospitals. It accredits hospitals based on its prescribed standards.

A standard is an established norm or requirement. It is usually a formal document that establishes uniform technical criteria, methods, processes, and practices. It may be developed privately or unilaterally, for example by a corporation, regulatory body, accreditation body, others. The existence of a published standard does not imply that it is always useful or correct.

Those using the item or service should (more…)

Are Patients Safe in Hospitals?


Palanas, Masbate Beach

Patient safety at the Beach

Patient Safety in hospitals is the avoidance, prevention and amelioration of adverse outcome/injuries stemming from the process of health care (Institute of Medicine, 2000). It refers to actions undertaken by individuals and organizations to protect health care recipients from being harmed by effects of healthcare services.

In a much publicized Institute of Medicine Report in 1999, it reveals that at least “44,000” and possibly “as high as 98,000” die in US annually due to “medical errors”, which, if further validly verified, may already be considered to be the 8th leading cause of death in US.

The report made a major media splash and cries of shock and horror were heard from the (more…)

Cebu: A Medical Tourism Destination


CebuToist Temple

Cebu Taoist Temple and Medical Tourism

The Cebu Medical Tourism initiative took shape from Executive Order 372 issued by the Philippine President, creating the private sector task force for the development of globally competitive Philippine service industries. The Department of Trade and Industry, in coordination with the National Economic and Development Authority, the Department of Finance, the Tariff Commission and the Bureau of Customs, was given the task to promulgate the implementing rules and regulations to implement the Executive Order.

The factors favoring medical tourism in the Philippines are as follows; 1)rising cost of healthcare in the US, UK, Canada, and Europe; 2)long waiting period in Europe; 3)ease and affordability of international (more…)