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Leaders Discuss Implications of New Connectors
The Joint Commission urges vigilance and planning in preparation for new connectors
Last month, The Joint Commission published Sentinel Event Alert Issue 53, which addresses the need to manage risk during the transition to new connectors. The publication reinforces the importance of the new standard and offers strategies to help health care organizations get ready for the change. “The new connectors greatly reduce the risk of tubing misconnections, but organizations still need to take a coordinated, mindful approach to identify and mitigate potential misconnection hazards during the transition to the new ISO connectors,” said Gerard Castro, Project Director for Patient Safety Initiatives in the Office of Patient Safety at The Joint Commission.
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Coming in Q4 — The transition to safer connectors begins!
Introduction of transition sets in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico
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Stay Connected is a global initiative, and individual markets have different yet coordinated schedules for the transition. Each downloadable brochure outlines that market’s schedule. Brochures available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
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Transition Checklists
Your team may be familiar with the Stay Connected initiative and aware of the transition to new connectors—now they need to prepare for the change. Download a transition checklist to help get started.
Download a transition checklist for:
Facilities & Institutions
Nurses & Clinicians
Supply Chain
Pharmacies
Home Care Providers
Patients & Caregivers
Have you met?
Ana McKee, M.D.
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
The Joint Commission
Ana focuses on and develops policies and strategies for promoting patient safety and quality improvement in health care. Her responsibilities include supporting The Joint Commission’s Patient Safety Advisory Group; overseeing work related to the development of the Sentinel Event Policy, National Patient Safety Goals and Sentinel Event Alerts; supervising the Sentinel Event Database; and overseeing the functions of the Standards Interpretation Group and the Office of Quality Monitoring.
“Tubing misconnections are the contributory factor of too many tragic patient safety events and The Joint Commission is committed to helping health care organizations prevent them. The redesign of these standards is a perfect example of how The Joint Commission is working collaboratively to determine the cause of the problem and re-design processes to improve patient safety.”   —Dr. Ana McKee, The Joint Commission
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Make sure your Patient Safety officers are ready
Share this email and other Stay Connected tools and information with patient safety directors, managers, and coordinators, quality improvement directors, and risk management personnel to help smooth the transition to the new ENFit connectors.
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Where to Find Us
October 7 The American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) and the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management’s (AHRMM) Stay Connected Webinar
October 14-15 BAPEN 2014 Annual Conference, North Yorkshire, England
October 19-22 The LeadingAge Annual Meeting and EXPO, Nashville, TN
October 26-29 ASHRM Annual Conference & Exhibition, Anaheim, CA
December 7-11 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition, Orange County, CA
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