Tracer Methodology Evolves to Include Detailed Exploration of Several High-Risk Areas: Second Generation Tracers Now in Use for Some Hospital, Critical Access Hospital On-site Surveys

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This article describes how The Joint Commission's tracer methodology has progressed for hospitals and critical access hospitals to include a second generation tracer, which is a deep and detailed exploration of a particular area, process, or subject. Surveyors may take a more in-depth look at five high-risk issues, such as cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization; patient flow across the care continuum; contracted services, diagnostic imaging; and ongoing professional practice evaluation and focused professional practice evaluation.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2011

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