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Canan Cengiz, Yusuf Celik, Neset Hikmet
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the utilisation of patient wristbands (PWs) and patient identification (PI) process in a training hospital in Ankara, Turkey. Design/methodology/approach This descriptive and cross-sectional study was conducted in a training hospital with 640 beds, accreditied by Joint Commission International. The views of 348 patients and 419 hospital personnel on the implementation of patient wristbands and identification process were evaluated. Findings The results indicated that lack of information among patients about the importance of PWs and the misknowledge among staff participants on when, where, and by whom PWs should be put on and verified were the weakest points in this hospital...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
Harvey Pass, Dorothy Giroux, Catherine Kennedy, Enrico Ruffini, Ayten K Cangir, David Rice, Hisao Asamura, David Waller, John Edwards, Walter Weder, Hans Hoffmann, Jan P van Meerbeeck, Anna Nowak, Valerie W Rusch
For nearly 40 years, there was no generally accepted staging system for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). In 1994, members of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (IMIG), in collaboration with the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), proposed a tumor, node and metastasis (TNM) staging system based on analyses of outcomes in retrospective surgical series and small clinical trials. Subsequently accepted by the American Joint Commission on Cancer (AJCC) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) for the 6(th) editions of their staging manuals, this system has since been the international staging standard...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
Teresa Bandeira, Ricardo Ferreira, Inês Azevedo
Portugal has experienced rapid decline of neonatal and infant mortality in the last century, similar to that of other western European states. The joint venture of pediatricians and obstetricians with adequate top-down government commissions for maternal and child health for the decision making by health administrators and a well-defined schedule of preventive and managerial measures in the community and in hospitals are the most likely explanations for this success. Another achievement of child health care services is the registry for special diseases...
October 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
Rizwan Zafar, Muhammad Haris, Salman Assad, Muhammad Usman Shabbir, Haider Ghazanfar, Sarah A Malik, Tehreem Khalid, Ali H Abbas, Asad A Saleem
PURPOSE:  Heart failure presents a huge burden for individual patients and the healthcare system as a whole. This study aims to assess the adherence to these core measures as identified by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)/ American Heart Association (AHA) by physicians of Pakistan. MATERIALS AND METHODOLOGY:  We conducted a cross-sectional study in Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan from the period of April 2013 to April 2016...
2016: Curēus
Lucas Miyake Okumura, Daniella Matsubara da Silva, Larissa Comarella
OBJECTIVE: Clinical Pharmacy Services (CPS) are considered standard of care and they are endorsed by the Joint Commission International, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. In Brazil, single experiences have been discreetly arising and the importance of these services to children and adolescents care has led to interesting results, but certainly are under reported. This short report aims to discuss the effect of implementing a bedside CPS at a Brazilian Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)...
August 12, 2016: Revista Paulista de Pediatria: Orgão Oficial da Sociedade de Pediatria de São Paulo
Cai-xia Jin, Xiao-wei Si, Zi-ying Wang, Qin-wen Zhang
Soil and vegetable samples were collected from 13 different livestock farms of different sizes in Xinxiang of China, and the residues of three sulfonamides including sulfadiazine, sulfamonomethoxine, and sulfamethoxazole were analyzed by HPLC with a fluorimetric detector, The results indicated that the total concentration ranges of the three sulfonamides in soil and vegetable were 7.60-176.26 µg · kg⁻¹ and ND-32, 70 µg · kg⁻¹, respectively. The mean concentrations were 70.73 µg · kg⁻¹ and 7.08 µg · kg⁻¹ for soil and vegetables...
April 15, 2016: Huan Jing Ke Xue= Huanjing Kexue
Michael C Johnson, Onno Schellekens, Jacqui Stewart, Paul van Ostenberg, Tobias Rinke de Wit, Nicole Spieker
BACKGROUND: In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), patients often have limited access to high-quality care because of a shortage of facilities and human resources, inefficiency of resource allocation, and limited health insurance. SafeCare was developed to provide innovative health care standards; surveyor training; a grading system for quality of care; a quality improvement process that is broken down into achievable, measurable steps to facilitate incremental improvement; and a private sector-supported health financing model...
August 2016: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Joe O Boison
The Joint Food and Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) is one of three Codex committees tasked with applying risk analysis and relying on independent scientific advice provided by expert bodies organized by FAO/WHO when developing standards. While not officially part of the Codex Alimentarius Commission structure, JECFA provides independent scientific advice to the Commission and its specialist committees such as the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF) in setting maximum residue limits (MRLs) for veterinary drugs...
May 2016: Drug Testing and Analysis
Sándor Beniczky, Miri Neufeld, Beate Diehl, Judith Dobesberger, Eugen Trinka, Ruta Mameniskiene, Sylvain Rheims, Antonio Gil-Nagel, Dana Craiu, Ronit Pressler, David Krysl, Angelina Lebedinsky, Laura Tassi, Guido Rubboli, Philippe Ryvlin
There is currently no international consensus procedure for performing comprehensive periictal testing of patients in the epilepsy monitoring units (EMUs). Our primary goal was to develop a standardized procedure for managing and testing patients during and after seizures in EMUs. The secondary goal was to assess whether it could be implemented in clinical practice (feasibility). A taskforce was appointed by the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE)-Commission on European Affairs and the European Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Association, to develop a standardized ictal testing battery (ITB) based on expert opinion and experience with various local testing protocols...
September 2016: Epilepsia
Marina Torre, Emilio Romanini
Medical devices (MD) registries are essentials to evaluate outcomes. They represent a key tool to support market surveillance and vigilance, being critical to identify and characterize the implants, assess their performance and trace patients in case of recall. Therefore, the recent "Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on medical devices" asked both the Commission and the Member States to take all appropriate measures to encourage the establishment of registers for specific types of devices, setting common principles to collect comparable information...
May 2016: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
Evanthia Monogioudi, Dana Petronela Hutu, Gustavo Martos, Joanna Sheldon, Heinz Schimmel, Pier Luigi Meroni, Ingrid Zegers
A serum Certified Reference Material (CRM) for supporting reliable autoimmune diagnostics was recently released by the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. It was produced in collaboration with a Working Group on the Harmonisation of Autoimmune Testing of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC WG-HAT). This material is aimed at facilitating the standardisation of measurements of anti-myeloperoxidase immunoglobulin G antibodies...
June 1, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Sitang Gong, Xiu Qiu, Yanyan Song, Xin Sun, Yanling He, Yilu Chen, Minqing Li, Rui Luo, Liya He, Qing Wei, Songying Shen, Yu Liu, Lian Zhang, Wei Zhou, Ping Huang, Jianning Mai, Li Liu, Yi Xu, Huiying Liang, Huimin Xia
BACKGROUND: Prior authorization, audit and feedback, and pay for performance are the three core "active" strategies of antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP), yet little is known about the individual or combined benefits of such programs, particularly in a pediatric setting. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare these core ASP strategies and determine the incremental effect of financially punished audit and feedback. METHODS: During the journey to the Joint Commission International accreditation, a tertiary pediatric medical center performed two different hospital-wide stewardship interventions in succession...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Saqib A Chaudhry, Mohammad R Afzal, Burhan Z Chaudhry, Taqi T Zafar, Adnan Safdar, Mounzer Y Kassab, Syed I Hussain, Adnan I Qureshi
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To identify the beneficial effects of primary stroke centers (PSCs) certification by Joint Commission (JC), we compared the rates of in-hospital adverse events and discharge outcomes among ischemic stroke patients admitted to PSCs and those admitted to non-PSC hospitals in the United States. METHODS: We obtained the data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample from 2010 and 2011. The analysis was limited to states that publicly reported hospital identity...
August 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Khawla Abu Hammour, Rana Abu Farha, Iman Basheti
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The primary aim of this study is to gain an insight into hospital pharmacists' current practice and perceptions towards medicine reconciliation and to identify common challenges preventing pharmacists from providing this service. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted over 2 months (September-October 2015) at four Jordanian hospitals accredited by the Joint International Commission. A total of 76 pharmacists were recruited...
May 19, 2016: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
Angela Shum, Kai Sim Wong, Kalarani Sankaran, Mien Li Goh
AIM: The evidence-based project sought to improve knowledge and practice in the care and securement of indwelling urinary catheters. METHODS: The project utilized a pre and post-implementation audit strategy, with the Joanna Briggs Institute Practical Application of Clinical Evidence System and Getting Research into Practice programs. The best practice recommendations on the care and securement of indwelling urinary catheters were retrieved from the Joanna Briggs Institute Clinical Online Network of Evidence for Care and Therapeutics database...
May 7, 2016: International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare
Fereshteh Farzianpour, Saeed Shojaei, Mohammad Arab, Abbas Rahimi Foroushani
OBJECTIVE: Information systems are "computer systems that collect, store, process, retrieve, show, and provide timely information required in practice, education, management, and research". The purpose of these systems is to support hospital activities in practical, tactical, and strategic levels in order to provide better service to patients. This study aimed to evaluate the communication and information system (MCI) in public hospitals in Sabzevar city in 2014 from the perspective of human resources according to international standards of the Joint Commission Accreditation Hospital (JCAH)...
April 2016: Acta Informatica Medica: AIM
Khalil Alimohammadzadeh, Mohammadkarim Bahadori, Fariba Hassani
BACKGROUND: Radiology department as a service provider organization requires realization of quality concept concerning service provisioning knowledge, satisfaction and all issues relating to the customer as well as quality assurance and improvement issues. At present, radiology departments in hospitals are regarded as income generating units and they should continuously seek performance improvement so that they can survive in the changing and competitive environment of the health care sector...
January 2016: Iranian Journal of Radiology: a Quarterly Journal Published By the Iranian Radiological Society
Xu Fang, Ling-Ling Zhu, Sheng-Dong Pan, Ping Xia, Meng Chen, Quan Zhou
Safe medication management and use of high-alert narcotics should arouse concern. Risk management experiences in this respect in a large-scale Joint Commission International (JCI)-accredited academic medical center hospital in the People's Republic of China during 2011-2015, focusing on organizational, educational, motivational, and information technological measures in storage, prescribing, preparing, dispensing, administration, and monitoring of medication are summarized. The intensity of use of meperidine in hospitalized patients in 2015 was one-fourth that in 2011...
2016: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Ilya Kagan, Naomi Farkash-Fink, Miri Fish
How might a tertiary hospital's nursing staff respond to the huge improvement effort required for external accreditation if they are encouraged to lead the change process themselves? This article reports the results of a concurrent evaluation of the nursing work climate at ward level, before and after accreditation by the Joint Commission International. Physician-nurse relations improved; the involvement of social workers, dieticians, and physiotherapists increased; support services responded more quickly to requests; and management-line staff relations became closer...
October 2016: Journal of Nursing Care Quality
Pietro L Deriu, Silvia Basso, Fabrizio Mastrilli, Roberto Orecchia
The European Institute of Oncology began the process to reach the accreditation promoted by the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI) in 2012. This accreditation integrates the quality and safety path started in 2001 with accreditation by the Joint Commission International. Despite the presence of diversified accreditations and certifications and the clear need of time, effort, and commitment, the models are complementary. Each model is not to be considered as an end but as a tool for improvement: e...
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