Health care has become increasingly complex in the past few decades. Patients are developing multiple diseases, and they’re living longer too. In response, the health care industry has created new procedures, new technologies, and new medications. In the high-stress reality of many health care settings there are distractions and conflicting demands and staff turnover with no time for training and less and less money to support proper processes. It’s easy to see the need to simplify complex tasks. Yet it must be done in a way that helps make patient care safe and effective.
That’s where checklists come in: They provide a standardized approach to simplifying complex tasks. And standardization is one of the main tenants of highly reliable organizations. When health care providers consistently and correctly adhere to well-developed checklists, those checklists help to ensure that every patient receives safe care based on evidence-based practice.
The Joint Commission Big Book of Checklists is chock full of checklists applicable to all accreditation program settings, easily customizable for your organization. Dozens of checklists are included to help you assess risks, make decisions, gather information, and evaluate policies and partners, as well as conduct procedures more safely and consistently. The following types and templates are available in the book, following the mnemonic device of ADEPT:
The Joint Commission Big Book of Checklists aims to help you find success using checklists by giving you a wide range of checklists of various standardized types to try in your organization. If you have the electronic version, all of them are writeable (you can modify them for internal use) and can be copied for internal use. The print version comes with the checklists and templates on a flash drive. And all reflect the features of well-designed checklists.
Standards: Various accreditation standards (when a checklist focuses on Joint Commission requirements, it is noted as part of the title and/or description of the checklist)
Settings: Ambulatory care, behavioral health care, critical access hospital, home care hospital, laboratory, nursing care centers, and office-based surgery practices
"This is a very exciting resource. It will be a useful asset for any healthcare organization willing to invest the time in using it. It compares quite favorably to other checklist resources, and it is well organized, easy to follow, easy to read, and easy to use."
-- Joann Badget, RN MSN (James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital) Doody's Review
The audience encompasses various professionals in the healthcare environment from the quality team to clinical practitioners. These checklists and templates are written with experience to guide improvements in meeting The Joint Commission Standards and National Patient Safety Goals for all eight accreditation programs and settings: Ambulatory Health Care (AHC), Behavioral Health Care (BHC), Critical Access Hospital (CAH), Hospital (HAP), Laboratory (LAB), Nursing Care Centers (NCC), Office-Based Surgery Practices (OBS), and Home Care (OME).