The Joint Commission On Accreditation Of Healthcare Organizations

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Abstract The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) core measures in relation to Heart Failure (HF) was examined using empirical-based nursing research. Findings suggest that lack of understanding by nurses contributes significantly to the privation of core measure implementation. A significant number of Americans suffer from HF, so patient quality of care assessment was necessitated. Identifying factors were: nurse-patient education resulting in follow-up appointments, left ventricular performance or left ventricular systolic (LVS) function, treatment medications, and smoking cessation programs. Nurses provide an important role in the education of patients with HF. The Nurse is integral in providing documentation in relation to LVS. Nurses play an important role in the administration of HF medication. Smoking, a major cause of HF, requires special nursing intervention. Nursing results in improved quality of care if HF core measures are implemented properly. Additionally, Orem’s universal requisites are fundamental in the nursing process. Keywords: JCAHO, Joint Commission, Core Measures, Heart Failure JCAHO Core Measures on Heart Failure The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) core measures are geared at measurement of quality of care in specific areas. Development of the measures involves a rigorous process of incorporating information from stakeholders such as clinicians and medical societies, and
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