Infection Control Risk Assessment

Risk assessment is a systematic identification of reasonable measures to be taken in order to control any risks that can be met in a medical environment. It is an approach that seeks to analyze what could go wrong, the extent of fatality of the occurrence, ways that could be countered once it takes place, the frequency in which the occurrence could occur and the ways in which the problem could be mitigated in future (DNP, n.d.). In healthcare, it entails a critical research and identification of the above-aforementioned entities and training of staff with regards to comprehending and fulfilling their medical responsibility to patients in an occurrence of a problem. In particular, it revolves around risk identification, development, and implementation of a countermeasure plans and goals for the aversion of further health implications of a situation. This paper discusses the Joint Commissions’ standards regarding risk assessment. The JC standards are four-fold; organizations have inscribed security-managing plan, report on the implementation of programs, and reports on the outcomes (“Joint Commission Requirements,” n.d.).

Further, albeit it no longer places prominence on particular tools for use in maintenance of compliance, it requires personnel in handling risk, coordination of risk-lessening actions in premises of practice, gathering of deficiency data and dissemination of analysis of actions and outcomes. It requires organizations to constitute a committee of experts on apt sectors of the environment as care, security, risky materials and waste, fire protection, running of medical paraphernalia, and service systems (Uselton et al., 2010).  Organizations should efficiently monitor, evaluate and improve their facilities by engaging in frequent meetings based on risk management agendas and reports of implemented actions. JC obligates organizations to a reporting period in which organizations are closely monitored by JC.