Do Joint Commission guidelines have a legal impact on our practice?

January 2009
ED Legal Letter;Jan2009, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p9
The article discusses the legal impact of compliance to U.S. Joint Commission's standard on medical practice in the emergency department. It points out that no data or research study yet show that compliance to the standards has increased or decreased lawsuits. The standards reportedly aim to enhance quality and safety, hence, incidents that result in legal claims are expected to be reduced. On the other hand, failure to comply with the standards may be cited in the event of a lawsuit.


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