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New and Revised Joint Commission Requirements for Resuscitation

By: Lisa Baker, MEd, BSN, Director, Clinical Learning and Innovation, SimLEARN VHA National Program Director, Resuscitation Education and Innovation (REdI) program, Orlando, FL

New and revised The Joint Commission (TJC) requirements for resuscitation standards in hospitals and critical access hospitals go into effect January 1, 2022. The revised requirements aim to reduce unnecessary variations in practice and encourage hospitals to adopt a more proactive and responsive approach to resuscitation and post-resuscitation care to maximize patient survival with the best possible neurological outcomes.  

The Resuscitation Education and Innovation (REdI) program, in its commitment to VHA’s journey as a high reliability and learning organization strives to provide employees with the right tools, processes, and technologies to respond during a medical emergency.  REdI has taken a proactive approach in resuscitation education solutions to ensure we have a workforce prepared to respond to a cardiac arrest. The Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) program provides low dose, high frequency training on a quarterly basis and aligns with the updated American Heart (AHA) guidelines to incorporate deliberate practice and mastery learning as well as frequent booster training sessions into basic and advanced life support courses to improve learning outcomes that will positively affect patient outcomes.

New and Revised Requirements for Resuscitation | The Joint Commission