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Joint Comm looks at patient/worker safety
Seeks examples of integrated approach
Employee safety boosts patient safety. And that overall commitment to safety is something that The Joint Commission wants to promote.
The accrediting body is partnering with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to gather examples of effective practices that involve both patient and worker safety. The examples will be presented in a monograph and at a meeting later this year. They may come from hospitals, long-term care, home care, behavioral health, laboratories, or ambulatory care.
This collaboration represents a growing recognition of the interrelationship between patient and worker safety, says Barbara I. Braun. PhD, project director at The Joint Commission in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.
"High reliability organizations have always been focused on worker safety," she says. "We're trying to find organizations that have integrated their worker safety functions with their patient safety functions to see if that makes the organization as a whole a safer place for both."
In its notice, The Joint Commission says: "We are particularly interested in practices that integrate leadership and functional responsibility, training, surveillance and management systems for patient and worker safety. There is a wide range of relevant topics including, but not limited to, worker and patient safety culture, satisfaction, injury prevention, infection prevention, performance improvement and individual engagement in safety activities."
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