For the first half of 2013, The Joint Commission [TJC] showed that reducing “the risk of infections associated with medical equipment, devices, and supplies” was one of the five most challenging requirements for ambulatory surgery centers [ASCs] and hospitals to meet.
In fact, so far this year, 37% of ASCs and 47% of hospitals surveyed were listed as “not compliant” for this standard.
According to TJC, specifics needed to comply with this requirement include:

Orientation, training and competency of the healthcare workers who process medical equipment, devices and supplies.
Levels of staffing and supervision of the healthcare workers who process medical equipment, devices and supplies
Standardization of the process regardless of whether it is centralized or decentralized
Ongoing quality monitoring
Observation against the manufacturer’s guidelines and the organization’s procedures

Service technicians repair, adjust, monitor, calibrate, program or maintain medical equipment and devices. Properly credentialing these healthcare workers can increase a facility’s level of compliance to this standard.
Through the ReptraxTM vendor credentialing system, hospitals can set credentials that ensure service techs have completed the proper orientation and training and have the necessary immunizations. Hospitals and ASCs can also distribute policies specifically for service tech categories outlining facilities’ standards, procedures and guidelines required for medical equipment. To help meet the staffing and supervision requirement and to verify the equipment is being properly maintained, the day, time and length of each service tech visit can be recorded in the Reptrax system.
For more information regarding TJC’s report:
http://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/6/Table_for_jconline_August_28_13.pdfAdverse events cost an average hospital over $5.1 million per year!  Can your hospital afford not to have a credentialing program?  Click here to download our white paper to learn more about the cost of not credentialing.


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