Endorsement of Updated JCAHO Wrong Site Surgery Protocol

AAACN has endorsed the revised JCAHO Universal Protocol on Wrong Site Surgery which will be effective January 1, 2009. The Universal Protocol was revised based on feedback received at the Wrong Site Surgery Summit in 2007 and has new or deleted elements of performance. It includes a new numbering system and minor language changes for consistency. The new numbering format was designed to enable sorting electronically (for the new E-ditions of the manuals) and to accommodate the addition of new requirements. Under the new numbering system, each requirement is assigned a six-digit number that designates its place in the chapter.
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