Hospitals continued to struggle with safety issues in 2018, according to The Joint Commission’s latest list of most challenging standards. Released in the April issue of Perspectives, the list covers the top Joint Commission requirements that surveyors found to be noncompliant most often during 2018.
For accredited hospitals, the most-cited standards were as follows:
- 02.01.35—The hospital provides and maintains systems for extinguishing fires (88.9% noncompliance percentage).
- 02.05.01—The hospital manages risks associated with its utility systems (78.7%).
- 02.06.01—The hospital establishes and maintains a safe, functional environment (73.9%).
- 02.01.30—The hospital provides and maintains building features to protect individuals from the hazards of fire and smoke (72.9%).
- 02.02.01—The hospital reduces the risk of infections associated with medical equipment, devices, and supplies (70,9%)
- 02.01.10—Building and fire protection features are designed and maintained to minimize the effects of fire, smoke, and heat (70.7%).
- 02.01.20—The hospital maintains the integrity of the means of egress (67.4%).
- 02.05.05—The hospital inspects, tests, and maintains utility systems (64.7%).
- 02.02.01—The hospital manages risks related to hazardous materials and waste (62.3%).
- 02.05.09—The hospital inspects, tests, and maintains medical gas and vacuum systems (62.1%).
The March 27 issue of Joint Commission Online also includes highlights of the accreditor’s findings for its various accreditation settings.