Joint Commission Releases New Education Campaign Aimed at Helping Patients Advocate for Safer Surgery

Published: 11/19/2020

Sources:
  • The Joint Commission
Relevant To:
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers,
  • Critical Access Hospitals,
  • Hospitals,
  • Office-Based Surgery

The Joint Commission (TJC) has released a new education campaign intended to assist patients advocate for safer surgery. According to TJC, while in most states there is no mandatory reporting of wrong patient, wrong procedure, wrong site and wrong side surgeries, some estimates place these events occurring as often as 40 per week.  TJC notes that other types of errors can also occur in the surgical setting, including those related to patient counseling, anesthesia, medication management or other

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