3 things to know about quality, infection control shortfalls in outpatient care


Errors in infection control and medication management are becoming more prominent as care shifts to outpatient settings, according to data from The Joint Commission.

Three details to know:

1. The Joint Commission found 37 percent of accredited, outpatient health centers were not using personal protective equipment or maintaining sterilizers or conducting performance testing.

2. High-level disinfection and sterilization of medical equipment were issues for 85 percent of outpatient health centers, the Joint Commission said.

3. Forty-five percent of the centers studied were not taking action to prevent errors on the interchange of medications, including those on the list of look-alike, sound-alike medications.

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