Compass Clinical Consulting’s Amanda Brown, RN, MSM, CIC, is featured in this month’s Nurse Leader Magazine article “Nursing: Frequently in the Bull’s-Eye for Noncompliance.” Most organizations experience a negative compliance finding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as an injury to organizational self-esteem and reputation. When this occurs, nursing is frequently the target of that [...]
As The Joint Commission (TJC) further aligns its scoring practices with CMS survey methodology, more and more organizations are reporting being cited with Condition-level deficiencies during survey. To better understand what constitutes a Condition-level deficiency and where an organization may be vulnerable, let’s take a look at how CMS classifies non-compliance.
A careful read of the May 10, 2011 edition of The Joint Commission’s “Standards FAQ Details” reveals an additional risk point for consideration in TJC survey preparation—pet therapy!
by Amanda Brown, RN, MSM, CIC Part I of this series outlined the power of simple risk assessment to identify, mitigate, and eliminate hazards in the day-to-day operations of a hospital. Parts II and III will present approaches to risk assessment that are more complex and require more attention from multidisciplinary teams. In this installment, [...]
After reading Pam Belluck’s New York Times article on preventing hospital-acquired surgical site infections, I couldn’t help but cheer. The study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine that focused on skin preparation brings us closer to answering a decades-old question: “Which product do we use to prep the skin before surgery?”
In 2009, three new requirements were added to NPSG 7 to aid in the ongoing campaign to prevent healthcare-associated infections. For each of these new requirements, there are three actions that Nurse Managers can take to facilitate compliance and – even better – protect patients.
By Amanda Brown, RN, BSN, MSM, CIC The economic impact on hospitals continues to play out across the country. The latest area of focus seems to be the resources provided to manage infection control programs. Even as the H1N1 pandemic looms, half of the IC professionals responding to a recent survey reported reductions in [...]