Don’t miss program on JCAHO’s new IC standards

New 2005 standards, hand hygiene, doing RCAs

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has taken an unprecedented interest in improving infection control in the nation’s hospitals. In addition to making the reduction of nosocomial infections a national patient safety goal, the Joint Commission is preparing to roll out prescriptive new infection control standards for 2005.

Learn about these important new developments by calling into our April 22, 2004, (1:30-2:30 EST) audio conference: Meeting the Accreditation Challenge: The Joint Commission’s New Requirements for Infection Control.

When the proposed 2005 standards were unveiled at an overflow meeting late last year in Chicago, Dennis O’Leary, MD, president of the Joint Commission, threw down the proverbial gauntlet. "There are some people who quickly scanning the revised standards have concluded that they are really nothing more than old wine in new bottles. However, if you are an accredited organization, that would be a really grave miscalculation. These standards bell the cat. They put leaders of health care organizations on notice and on point. If things go south for any reason, . . . [there is] no opportunity or permission to defuse the responsibility."

In addition to the 2005 standards, the faculty will discuss the challenge of meeting the Joint Commission’s patient safety goal of reducing infections, including the expectations of hand hygiene compliance and investigating deadly or serious infections through root-cause analysis.

Hear firsthand insights from Robert Wise, MD, JCAHO vice president for standards. He will be joined by veteran hospital epidemiologist William Scheckler, MD, of St. Mary’s Medical Center in Madison, WI. A member of the Joint Commission’s infection control advisory committee, Scheckler will describe the real-world challenges of meeting the new mandates.

Educate your entire staff for one low fee including continuing education credits for all attendees. You may invite as many participants as you wish to listen for the low fee of $249. Information on obtaining audio conference instructions and continuing education forms will be in a confirmation notice, which will be mailed upon receipt of registration. Your fee also includes access to a 48-hour replay following the conference call and a CD recording of the program. For information or to register, call customer service at (800) 688-2421 or contact us via e-mail at Please mention effort code 59792.