5 most challenging Joint Commission requirements for hospitals in 2018

The Joint Commission listed the maintenance of fire protection systems as the requirement most often identified as "not compliant" during surveys and reviews at hospitals in 2018.

Here are the five most challenging requirements for hospitals, based on noncompliance rate:

1. The hospital provides and maintains systems for extinguishing fires — 88.85 percent

2. The hospital manages risks associated with its utility systems — 78.68 percent

3. The hospital establishes and maintains a safe, functional environment — 73.85 percent

4. The hospital provides and maintains building features to protect individuals from the hazards of fire and smoke — 72.90 percent

5. The hospital reduces the risk of infections associated with medical equipment, devices and supplies — 70.85 percent

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