Joint Commission seeks input for perinatal safety hospital accreditation

The Joint Commission has introduced the possibility of crafting new standardized protocols and procures in hospitals designed to improve prenatal safety.

For those unfamiliar with the Joint Commission, the organization was formed in 1951 with the singular goal of ongoing health care improvement. The organization now provides accreditation and certification for upwards of 21,000 organizations and health care programs. These include services that range from ambulatory care to nursing and even laboratory protocols. Underscoring the accreditation and certification role, the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare provides determined health care solution work to enhance critical safety and quality gaps that may exist.

Improved care for mothers needed

As many Americans are sadly aware, too many health care facilities fail to meet acceptable safety standards for mothers. The result has been unnecessary and preventable harm that can devastate families. There is tremendous optimism that the Joint Commission's work can make strides to reduce incidents of medical malpractice in prenatal hospital safety.

Proposed standardized safety procedures

To that end, the Joint Commission is reaching out to prenatal care professionals and patients to gather input about two specific experiences. Running through May 29, the organization plans to collect information on patients that experience a hemorrhage or severe hypertension/preeclampsia. After gathering up-to-date information from health care professionals, the Joint Commission plans to consider weighing the data against existing scientific and government organization conclusions. The long-term goal of the process will be to draft uniform safety standards for hospitals and integrate them into the accreditation process.

The possible prenatal safety accreditation standards for hospitals would likely bring a variety of success option under one umbrella. It's also important to understand that improved prenatal safety will not necessarily end with a new set of guidelines. The Joint Commission's mandate is to revise and update the best possible procedures and protocols based on existing science, medication and health care options. It's an ongoing mission. The new rules are hoped to be a significant step forward for the care of mothers.

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