SDS Accreditation Update

Unannounced surveys will focus on these areas

The 2004 fixed performance areas that will be addressed in random unannounced surveys conducted by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Organizations will be organized by critical focus areas instead of performance categories as in the past.

The critical focus areas for 2004 are staffing, infection control, medication management, and National Patient Safety Goals that are relevant to the organization. About 5% of all organizations accredited by the Joint Commission are randomly selected for unannounced surveys. Random unannounced surveys will end in January 2006 when the Joint Commission begins conducting all accreditation surveys on an unannounced basis.