Promoting a culture of safety

By Jennie McKee

Joint Commission initiatives aimed at enhancing patient safety

When some orthopaedists think of The Joint Commission (formerly known as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations), they may envision an organization focused on issuing requirements to physicians and healthcare organizations. But enhancing patient safety, rather than dictating rules and regulations, is at the heart of the organization’s mission, according to Robert A. Wise, MD, vice president of The Joint Commission’s Division of Standards and Survey Methods.

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