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Joint Commission Reveals Hospitals’ Top Compliance Challenges

WASHINGTON—Recent data collected by the Joint Commission uncovered that many healthcare facilities have not been in compliance with standards and accreditation and certification participation requirements for the first half of 2010.

Listed below are a few highlights from the report:

  • 50 percent of standard hospitals failed to maintain the integrity of the means of egress
  • 47 percent of critical access hospitals have failed to maintain fire safety equipment and fire safety building features
  • 44 percent of critical access hospitals do no have building and fire protection features designed and maintained to minimize the effects of fire, smoke and heat
  • 44 percent of standard hospitals do not have building and fire protection features that are designed and maintained to minimize the effects of fire, smoke and heat
  • 40 percent of critical access hospitals fail to inspect, test and maintain emergency power systems
  • 38 percent of standards ado not maintain fire safety equipment and fire safety building features
  • 37 percent of standard hospitals fail to provide and maintain building features to protect individuals from the hazards of fire and smoke
  • 33 percent of critical access hospitals do not maintain the integrity of the means of egress

Additionally, assault, rape and/or homicide are the eighth most reported sentinel events reported. From January 1995 to June 2010, the JC reviewed 263 assault, rape or homicide reports.

Read the full report.

 

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