Joint Commission: Infection Control Standard Among the Most Challenging for Ambulatory Care, Hospitals

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The Joint Commission standard IC.02.02.01 (The [organization] reduces the risk of infections associated with medical equipment, devices, and supplies.) was one of the top requirements cited most frequently as "not compliant" during surveys and reviews of ambulatory care facilities, hospitals and office-based surgery practices for the first half of 2016, according to Joint Commission Online.

For ambulatory care, this standard was the most challenging requirement, with a 49% non-compliance percentage.

For hospitals, it was the second most challenging, with a 59% non-compliance percentage.

For critical access hospitals, it was tied for the most challenging, with 73% non-compliance percentage.

For office-based surgery practices, it was the second most challenging, with a 53% non-compliance percentage.

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Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years' experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.