JCAHO Survey Readiness Handbook

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JCAHO Survey Readiness Handbook
by Cutch Medora, MSN JCAHO Survey Readiness Handbook is designed to educate hospital staff regarding the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), a private, not-for-profit organization that surveys health care organizations to ensure improvements in quality care and safe practices. The JCAHO requires ongoing performance improvement and has made recent attempts to improve its methods of surveying hospitals. Surveys are now unscheduled, and surveyors will make unannounced visits to hospitals on patient care units. Recognizing the need to provide information and education on an ongoing basis and seeking to alleviate the anxiety staff members might feel about these visits, JCAHO Survey Readiness Handbook provides an efficient way to review, update, and be well versed in the guidelines when a surveyor arrives on the unit. A concise and detailed guide, this handbook will provide comprehensive information to all ancillary staff. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Cutch Medora is a registered nurse who holds a master of science degree in nursing. She is an adjunct faculty member at Elgin Community College and also serves as an independent consultant. Ms. Medora chairs on the INA (Illinois Nurses Association) Educating Board. She also teaches online at the University of Phoenix, Schaumburg Campus. Ms. Medora lives in Illinois with her husband John. She is the mother of two children, Michael and Katrina. She is actively involved in her community through Girl Scouts, Shelter Inc., and Public Action to Defend Shelter (PADS). She also enjoys creative hobbies including crafts, ceramics, pottery, and porcelain. JCAHO Survey Readiness Handbook is Ms. Medoras first published book. (2006, paperback, 54 pages)