Post by Chuck Weddle on Sept 16, 2021 16:43:30 GMT
Tuesday marked my 41st year in this business and this is a new one on me.......
I just got a call from the Nurse Administrator at one of our acute programs. She said that they recently had a mock Joint Commission survey and one of the things they asked for was their "annual fluoride toxicity competency".
As you know, not many of the real JC surveyors have a clue about dialysis and especially water, much less these mock surveyors. My only guess is they were really asking for our AAMI water analysis.
Has anyone ever heard of such a thing?
Chuck Weddle, CHWS Certified Hemodialysis Water Specialist Technical Manager Independent Dialysis Foundation, Inc.
DISCLAIMER: The views I express are mine and may not be the same as my employer.
That's a new one alright.... and you are right about the JCAHO surveyors. I said what would you like to know to one of them and they said why don't you tell me some things and so I did and they said you just won the impress the surveyor prize hahahaha. My director was there and we had to act elated for that but man what a joke. We switched to DNV and they are slightly more knowledgable....slightly. All that aside I did have a CMS surveyor ask me about fluoride one time and I had to show them my AAMI. I also had a false positive on my fluoride(it is not added to our water) and I had to have the Water Dept send me their result and I also redrew. Sorry for rambling lol
I sure have not been asked for that particular item, but in general, "competency" refers to staff member(s) being competent/knowledgeable in a particular area. Could they be asking if the clinical staff has training about the effects of fluoride toxicity? Just a guess.