News Briefs

New hospital manual available from JCAHO

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is publishing several new books and manuals for hospitals.

Environment of Care Essentials for Hospitals provides facility managers with an easy-to-use edition of the Joint Commission’s environment of care standards, including intent statements and scoring and aggregation rules. It also explains the role the management of the environment of care has in the survey process and tips for preparing for the building tour and the review of documents during a survey. Sample survey agendas and lists of documents surveyors will want to see are also part of the book. The cost is $50.

2000 Hospital Accreditation Standards, available for $95, includes new standards, as well as a reference tool for meetings, an educational tool for board members, information to help orient and train new staff, and an overview of accreditation standards for all staff.

What Every Hospital Should Know About Sentinel Events provides statistics on the most prevalent adverse events in health care, including where these events tend to occur and who is usually affected. The book, which costs $50, also includes comparisons between Joint Commission data on sentinel events and other sources of data regarding adverse medical events.

To order any of these publications, contact the Joint Commission at (630) 792-5800.

JCAHO, PIAA sponsor medication error conference

With all the news about medication errors lately, you might want some information on how to address the problem in your organization. One place to find it is a conference sponsored by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA).

The conference will be held in Baltimore April 7-8 and will feature experts from health care, government agencies, and business. Topics will include the impact of technology, government initiatives to reduce errors, and patient compliance. Other sessions will look at how to document and report adverse drug events and clinical strategies to reduce errors.

Cost of the conference is $375 for members of the PIAA if they register by March 9. Cost for nonmembers who register early is $475. For more information, visit the PIAA Web site at www. or call (301) 947-9000.