ED Accreditation Update

Topics announced for random surveys

Random unannounced surveys conducted in 2005 by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations will focus on these fixed areas in hospitals:

  • assessment and care/service;
  • infection control;
  • patient safety.

The Joint Commission conducts one-day surveys at a randomly selected 5% of accredited organizations. Also, during the random surveys, surveyors focus on variable components based on each hospital’s performance, and those variable components take priority over the fixed areas. Random unannounced surveys will end in January 2006 when the Joint Commission begins conducting all accreditation surveys on an unannounced basis.

For questions about random unannounced surveys, contact Kevin Hickey, director of the Management Support Unit at the Joint Commission. Phone: (630) 792-5872. E-mail: khickey@jcaho.org.