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The JCAHO Patient Safety Standards
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.
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