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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 have the responsibility (more…)
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 (more…)