Day 1 kicked off with a discussion on new Joint Commission requirements that increase the frequency of inspections for doors, exit signs, and sprinkler heads. While the impact on resources caused by these increases can be significant, members noted that such complexities are effectively offset by existing ATG technologies. With continued input from the HCAG and other healthcare industry leaders, the ongoing development of these technologies ensures that they are always keeping pace with the latest AHJ requirements.
Continuing the focus on compliance, a subsequent conversation centered around the importance of maintaining a consistent Environment of Care rounding schedule, despite the fact that it is no longer required by The Joint Commission. Participants agreed that continuing these practices remain critical to ensuring a safe environment, whether they are required for accreditation or not.
Other day 1 highlights included topics such as Statement of Conditions processes, ventilation testing, emergency preparedness, and space characterization. The discussion on emergency preparedness was particularly robust, as members expressed views on the value of having the right tools to manage drills and exercises, as well as the dire need for emergency teams to have quick access to facility floor plans in times of crisis.