Joint Commission Revises Restraint Requirement for Hospitals

The Joint Commission announced it has revised a standard for hospitals related to the use of restraints and a Laboratory Accreditation program requirement.

Standard PC.03.05.19, element of performance 1, was revised to address the types of restraints that apply to reporting for deaths that occur within one week of the use of restraints. The change applies to hospitals and psychiatric and rehabilitation distinct part units in critical access hospitals, and is effective immediately. The Joint Commission made the revision in response to CMS' final rule, "Reform of Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Conditions of Participation," which was published in May 2012.

Standard LD.04.05.09, element of performance 10 of the Laboratory Accreditation program has been changed to require a biennial review of laboratory procedure rather than an annual review. The Joint Commission determined that an annual review is unnecessarily burdensome for laboratories and that the change would not adversely affect patient safety or quality of care. The revision becomes effective July 1, 2013.

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