TJC Announces Standards Revisions for Fluoroscopy Services

PUBLISHED: Jul 3, 2018
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care, Critical Access Hospitals, Hospitals, Medical Office

The Joint Commission (TJC) has announced revisions to their standards related to Fluoroscopy services, effective January 1, 2019. The revisions are intended to clarify expectations and address the risks associated with imaging; the changes are applicable to the following TJC-accredited organizations: ambulatory care, critical access hospitals, hospitals, and office-based surgery practices.

All but two of the changes address fluoroscopy; one addresses required tests for computed tomography (CT) units and one establishes a radiation safety officer.

The revisions cover several chapters/areas. Today’s notice addresses revisions to the Environment of Care chapter, specifically to EC.02.04.03 which requires organizations inspect, test and maintain medical equipment. Revisions modify some of the imaging metrics that are required to be included in the evaluation of diagnostic CT imaging equipment. TJC has also provided the specific elements that should be assessed when evaluating fluoroscopic imaging equipment.

Included with today's notice is an example policy reflecting the TJC revisions as well as a link to the prepublication standards. StayAlert! will review additional changes in upcoming notices.

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