Four Infection Control Standards in Joint Commission's Top 10 Most Challenging for Office-Based Surgery Practices in 2016

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Four infection control standards were among the top 10 most challenging standards in 2016 for office-based surgery practices accredited by The Joint Commission.

This is according to The Joint Commission's annual summary of the Top 10 Challenging Standards for its office-based surgery practices program.

The standards, their ranking in the top 10 and the percent of organizations that received Requirements for Improvement for the standard are as follows:
  • IC.02.02.01 (The practice reduces the risk of infections associated with medical equipment, devices, and supplies.) — #2 out of 10; 57%
  • IC.01.03.01 (The practice identifies risks for acquiring and transmitting infections.) — #4 out of 10; 24%
  • IC.01.05.01 (The practice plans for preventing and controlling infections.) — #6 out of 10; 23%
  • IC.02.04.01 (The practice offers vaccination against influenza to licensed independent practitioners and staff.) — #7 out of 10; 22%

The data was based on Joint Commission accreditation surveys and certification reviews from January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016.

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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.