SDS Accreditation Update: JCAHO gives alternatives to patient safety goals

Web site gives examples of alternatives

If you are looking for examples of alternative approaches to the 2003 National Patient Safety Goal recommendations, check out a new web site offered by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

The web site includes examples of alternative approaches to the 2003 National Patient Safety Goal recommendations that have been submitted to the Joint Commission for review. The results of these reviews include acceptable, acceptable with modification, and not acceptable alternatives.

Some of the acceptable or acceptable with modification approaches may apply to your same-day surgery program.

If you decide to use an acceptable or acceptable with modification approach in your organization, it is not necessary for a Request for Review form or other notification to be submitted to the Joint Commission for that alternative approach.

During your survey, you can inform the surveyor that you are using a published alternative, and the surveyor can verify that you are doing what the acceptable alternative says.

As more Requests for Review of Alternatives are completed, more examples will be added to the web site.

For more information on alternative approaches, go to: www.jcaho.org.