Could The Joint Commission's antibiotic standard get you sued?

November 2008
ED Legal Letter;Nov2008, Vol. 19 Issue 11, p128
The article provides information on the U.S. Joint Commission's antibiotic standard. Effective in October 2007, the Joint Commission expanded, from four to six hours after diagnosis, the required timeframe for administering antibiotics to patients. The standard is based on two large retrospective studies, which found a link between a reduced mortality rate and patients getting antibiotics within four hours and eight hours, respectively.


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