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Patient Safety Threatened by Unprofessional Behavior

Posted Aug 23 2008 3:09pm

this is an interesting article about increasing the focus on the behavior and conduct of all medical staff in the hospital facilities Link: Patient Safety Threatened by Unprofessional Behavior .

JCAHO (Joint Commission) has issued a Sentinel Alert based on findings that rude behavior undermines patient safety. The alert is an effort to change attitudes and promote safety by educating all health care professionals about the consequences and effects of their behavior with other health care professionals and with patients.

As of January 1, 2009, all JCAHO accredited facilities will be required to take action to create a code of conduct and establish a process for educating staff as well as identifying and managing unacceptable behaviors with a “zero tolerance” policy.

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