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April 2018

6th Edition In-Depth: Use of Codes, Symbols, and Abbreviations

Each month we highlight a section of the 6th edition hospital standards. This series provides a closer look at areas of concern for JCI-accredited hospitals and any health care organization focused on patient safety and quality improvement.
JCI 6th Edition
Standard MOI.4The hospital uses standardized diagnosis and procedure codes and ensures the standardized use of approved symbols and abbreviations across the hospital.

In the 6th Edition, language was added to the intent and measurable elements of Standard MOI.4 to help clarify requirements related to the use of diagnosis and procedure codes, symbols, and abbreviations. In addition, a new measurable element was added, which prohibits the use of abbreviations in informed consent forms, patient rights documents, discharge instructions, and other documents patients and families receive from the hospital.

Standardization and uniform use of codes, symbols, and abbreviations can improve communication and understanding between health care practitioners, leading to safer and more effective care for patients. Appropriate use of abbreviations is particularly important. Numerous studies have focused on health care practitioners’ understanding and interpretation of abbreviations in medical documents, such as medical records, discharge summaries, and medication orders. Findings indicate that it is not uncommon for practitioners to have difficulty understanding the abbreviations used in their hospitals.

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NEW! Grant to Improve Antimicrobial Stewardship in Asia-Pacific
Antimicrobial resistance is a serious social and economic problem across the globe. The Joint JCInsight3Commission, working with Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change (IGLC), invites your health care organization to apply for a grant to improve antimicrobial stewardship in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Projects should improve stewardship in a way that supports or aligns with Joint Commission and/or JCI standards. Funding up to $1 million in cooperative grants is available from Pfizer IGLC.

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JCI’s Advanced Tracer Training Program is Coming to Singapore

JCInsight4The patient tracer is not just the foundation of the Joint Commission International (JCI) on-site accreditation survey, it is a performance assessment and improvement tool that – when used correctly – can empower quality improvement professionals to measure and improve health care processes and patient safety in their organizations anytime. 

JCI’s Advanced Tracer Training, scheduled 17-19 October in Singapore, is a three-day immersion program in tracer theory and practice. Participants will work with JCI expert faculty to learn about the Five Moments of Tracers and implement them in a series of lectures and workshops. By the end of the program, participants will be equipped to return to their organizations to not only perform tracers, but also teach others the intricacies of tracer methodology.

This event is ideal for persons who have experience with tracers through a JCI on-site accreditation survey, have attended a JCI Practicum, and are seeking the opportunity to learn and practice tracer skills with JCI’s expert faculty and other registrants. This program is not recommended for people who have no previous experience with tracers.

Click here to learn more and to register for the Advanced Tracer Training.