Joint Commission May Refine Tracer Methodology

<span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"> <p>The Joint Commission says it will examine ways to refine its tracer methodology by integrating patient-care tracers and patient system tracers to thoroughly evaluate selected high risk or problem-prone processes, including cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of medical equipment, devices and supplies.</p></span>

Throughout 2010, the Joint Commission says it will examine ways to refine and improve its tracer methodology by integrating patient-care tracers and patient system tracers to thoroughly evaluate selected high risk or problem-prone processes. Initially, the refinements will focus on seven areas, including cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of medical equipment, devices and supplies. Other areas of scrutiny include patient flow, contracted clinical services, diagnostic radiation services, therapeutic radiation services, clinical information systems, and its Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation/Focused Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE/FPPE).

Since 2004, the Joint Commission has used the tracer methodology as part of its on-site evaluation of an organizations compliance with standards. It entails following patients experiences to explore the organizations attention to quality and safety in the provision of care, treatment and services.

Source: The Joint Commission Online, July 7, 2010

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