Joint Commission surveys to include safety briefings in 2023

The Joint Commission will hold a safety briefing with healthcare organizations at the start of every accreditation survey starting in 2023, the organization said Dec. 13.

Site surveyors and staff members preselected by the healthcare organization will conduct an informal, five-minute briefing to discuss any potential safety concerns — such as fires, an active shooter scenario or other emergencies — and how surveyors should react if safety plans are implemented while they are on site. 

 The change takes effect Jan. 1 and applies to all accreditation surveys performed by the organization. 

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