Managing the Flow of Patients through the Hospital,” the first of a three-part webinar series from The Joint Commission offered in partnership with TeleTracking, is now available for downloading.

The webinar addressed The Joint Commission’s revised Standard LD.04.03.11 requiring hospitals to actively manage patient flow in their hospital. Interested parties can Click Here to get the recording and slide presentation for the new TJC Patient Standards.

Over 600 healthcare leaders and staff “attended” the first on-line event in early January, which showcased the significant patient safety and quality issues that are directly associated with patient flow.

Joint Commission officials Ann Scott Blouin, RN, PHD, Executive Vice President of Customer Relations, and Cynthia Leslie, RN, Associate Director of Standards Interpretation Group, discussed the new regulatory requirements, effective January 2014, which reflect the urgent need to improve flow for patients in all US communities.

They said that keeping patients moving through the hospital is a strategic imperative for healthcare organizations to reduce expenses, improve efficiencies, deliver proper care delivery and improve patient satisfaction.

Sections EP 6 and EP 9 of Standard LD.04.03.11 were revised early this year. EP 6 requires that hospitals measure and set goals for managing patient boarding in the ED (being held in a temporary location for four or more hours after admittance or transfer). EP 9 indicates that to improve the quality of patient care and ED utilization, behavioral health providers and hospital authorities should collaborate to create one community.

If you would like to submit any Joint Commission specific questions that pertain to accreditation and standards requirements, please use this link.  You will “connect” directly to The Joint Commission’s Standards Interpretation Group.

The subject of the second webinar, “Worker Fatigue: Implications for Patient & Staff Safety,” has been acknowledged by many healthcare leaders across the country as a major problem. The webinar will explore the current work environment and options for scheduling adequate staff during periods of peak demand. To register please Click on Worker Fatigue: Implications for Patient & Staff Safety.

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