Does your Moderate Sedation Program measure up to the standards?

Does your Moderate Sedation Program measure up to the standards?

Moderate sedation, commonly known as conscious sedation, is a drug-induced depression of consciousness.  When moderate sedation is administered, patients respond purposefully to verbal commands, either alone or accompanied by light tactile stimulation. Interventions are not required to maintain a patent airway; spontaneous ventilation continues to be adequate; and cardiovascular function is maintained.

Reducing variability in your Moderate Sedation Program is key to patient safety! Let’s look at the requirements in the TJC standards and some strategies for compliance.

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Tabitha Garbart, DNP, RN, Joins Compass Clinical

Tabitha Garbart, DNP, RN, Joins Compass Clinical

Tabitha Garbart, DNP, RN, has joined our staff as a Senior Consultant. Tabitha brings more than 19 years of experience in the industry and a commitment to helping healthcare organizations connect the dots and understand the “why” behind their work to use evidence-based practices to reduce harm and improve quality of care.

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Life Safety Code Deficiencies: Is There Low-Hanging Fruit in Your Hospital?

Life Safety Code Deficiencies: Is There Low-Hanging Fruit in Your Hospital?

Did you know that most life safety code deficiencies that contribute to CMS condition-level deficiencies are “low-hanging fruit”? This means that many findings could be prevented if you would simply deal with the easy-to-address deficiencies on a routine basis. For the sake of this article, I’m going to pinpoint places where the life safety code low-hanging fruit are most commonly found in hospitals and offer simple practices for quick remediation.  

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Eight Steps to A Successful Medicare Deficiency Follow-Up Survey

Eight Steps to A Successful Medicare Deficiency Follow-Up Survey

Your triennial accreditation survey just ended, and your TJC surveyor has informed you deficiencies were scored under the CMS Conditions of Participation, which will lead to a Condition-level Finding for your organization, meaning that you are a candidate for a Medicare deficiency follow-up survey.

That’s right, they’re coming back unannounced within 45 days to ensure your organization has met the identified Conditions of Participation. Follow these eight steps to get across the compliance finish line quickly for a successful Medicare Deficiency Follow-Up Survey.

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