The Joint Commission names top 10 challenging standards for 2016

The Joint Commission named its top 10 most challenging standards in 2016 for ASCs and the number of ASCs facing these challenges.

The Joint Commission determined the data through 617 applicable surveys.

The top 10 issues ASCs most frequently violate and the percent of ASCs facing these issues include:

  1. Failed to reduce the risk of infections associated with medical equipment, devices and supplies — 53 percent
  2. Failed to grant initial, renew, or revise clinical privileges to individuals who are permitted by law and the organization to practice independently — 47 percent
  3. Failed to maintain fire safety equipment or fire safety building features — 37 percent
  4. Failed to safely store medication — 36 percent
  5. Failed to inspect, test and maintain medical equipment — 36 percent
  6. Failed to inspect, test and maintain emergency power systems — 32 percent
  7. Failed to safely manage high-alert and hazardous medications — 31 percent
  8. Failed to manage risks related to hazardous materials and waste — 30 percent
  9. Failed to address the safe use of look and sound-alike medications — 30 percent
  10. Failed to manage risks associated with utility systems — 29 percent

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