3 things to know about The Joint Commission's tracer methodology

Tracers are used in The Joint Commission's survey process and allow surveyors to detect performance issues throughout the process.

Here are three things to know about the tracer methodology:

1. Tracers are used to monitor the experiences a patient had while at a healthcare organization. They analyze the way the organization provides care and services, using patients as the framework for determine compliance with standards. Patients selected for tracers are those in high-risk areas, or if their diagnosis may provide an accurate in-depth evaluation of an organization's practices and processes.

2. System tracer activity includes a session with a surveyor and staff members where a specific system is traced within an organization.

3. Accreditation-specific tracers identify safety concerns and risk points across different types of care, services and treatment

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