Joint Commission Issues Two Notices on Drug Use & Perinatal Care

The Joint Commission recently issued two notices – one a “Quick Safety” heads up about caregivers’ illicit use of drugs, and the other a more formal proposal to create new perinatal standards for its hospital accreditation program.
In this Quick Safety notice, the The Joint Commission noted that about 10% of healthcare workers are abusing drugs, and that diversion of controlled substances in healthcare settings “can be difficult to detect and prevent without a comprehensive controlled substances diversion prevention program.” The notice outlines patterns and trends that indicate potential diversion and suggests a program that focuses on “prevention, detection, and response.”
In an April 17 notice, The Joint Commission announced it is considering the development of standards for perinatal care in the hospital accreditation program (HAP), specifically related to the care of patients experiencing hemorrhage or severe hypertension/preeclampsia. The three-page proposed standards, as well as an online tool for commenting on them before the May 29 deadline are here.