Joint Commission Food and Nutrition Standards

   2021-12-09       14        Health
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Gear up for new Joint Commission Standards on food and nutrition services 2021! The TJC has been popping up with food and nutrition standards regularly.

Gear up for new Joint Commission Standards on food and nutrition services 2021! The TJC has been popping up with food and nutrition standards regularly and this time it has come up with food and nutrition standards with a focus on Dietary and Nutrition Services 2021.  

CMS has made 3 changes in dietary guidelines lately and has rather reworked over all the dietary guidelines. As you get along with dietary and nutrition services 2021, you must know that TJC has a provision of care chapter in the standards and that it is largely associated with dietary and The Joint Commission dietary tracer information!

Are we speeding up a little? Well, fasten your seatbelts for we will be touring over a quick discussion on TJC tracer and food storage on patient units and a couple of more topics in this blog.

What’s a Joint Commission tracer?

We all know what a tracer is yet let us recapitulate the terminology for a better understanding.

Now TJC introduced this tracer methodology back in 2004 with a focus on a better patient care process at the point of care. This comes with a big advantage for the surveyors as the surveyors get and chance to observe care in various settings with patients having different levels of complexities, their duration of stay, and the services they received.

Now this tracer technique paves a way for the surveyors to regulate the consistent provision of proper and safe access to care, treatment, and services. This very technique gives a view of communication throughout the continuum of care and at discharge or transfer to another level of care be it home or some other kind of facility.

Now, what’s up with dietary services and the tracer?

The focus of the Dietary Tracer is twofold. Primarily, it is inclusive of the clinical aspect of patients taking appropriate diets on the basis of their nutritional needs. Secondly, it includes the safe storage and preparation of patient food.

The Dietary Tracer includes competency of Dietary Services staff along with credentials. The tracer also includes the standards from the Environment of Care, infection control, and Life Safety chapters.

What are the other topics that you must keep in mind covered in tracer activity?

  • Care planning and Assessment
  • Instructions by qualified staff
  • Identification and nutrition risk
  • Nutrition screening criteria
  • The  different time frames for assessment of nutrition and re-evaluation
  • Food Consumption Measurement
  • The special requirements for certain sections such as NPO, those on vents, in isolation, getting hyperalimentation
  • What to do if the patient refuses meals?
  • Discharge education and referrals
  • Communications betwe"

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