Communication and teamwork go hand in hand with regard to patient safety. One of the goals on the list of the Joint Commission
Hospitals are not required to report sentinel events to the Joint Commission (JC), but are encouraged to do so. However, many hospitals do not self-report. Whether or not hospitals report, each should have a facility policy in place addressing sentinel events.
Most physicians get along well with nurses, patients, and ancillary health care professionals, though there are a few exceptions in most health care organizations. Physician behavior problems, such as intimidating nurses, yelling, screaming, and throwing surgical instruments, are well-known, and most organizations have policies to address this issue.
For over 50 years the Joint Commission (JC) has been accrediting hospitals. For those acute care hospitals receiving its accreditation, it is akin to receiving the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval
On January 1, 2008, California
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Liz Di Bernardo