Joint Commission Standards 2015: July 1 Deadline

[vc_column width=”1/2″]If you are accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC), you‘re probably aware of the new Elements of Performance (EP) related to Diagnostic imaging. The Revised Requirements for Diagnostic Imaging Services, effective July 1, 2015, are listed to the right.

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Elements of Performance for PC.01.02.15

C 5. For [critical access] hospitals in California that provide
computed tomography (CT) services: The [critical
access] hospital documents in the patient’s record the
radiation dose index (CTDIvol, DLP, or size-specific dose
estimate [SSDE]) on every study produced during a
diagnostic computed tomography (CT) examination. The
radiation dose index must be exam specific, summarized
by series or anatomic area, and documented in a
retrievable format.

A 6. The [critical access] hospital reviews and analyzes
incidents where the radiation dose index (CTDIvol, DLP,
or size-specific dose estimate [SSDE]) from diagnostic
CT examinations exceeded expected dose index ranges
identified in imaging protocols. These incidents are then
compared to external benchmarks.


Find a complete list of new TJC regulations here.

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