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

Rachel Popa - Print  |

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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