May 19, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(3):242-243. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970030060017

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NEW EDITION OF HOSPITAL ACCREDITATION STANDARDS  The following statement was published in the March, 1956, Bulletin of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals.The Board of Commissioners of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals at its meeting on January 28, 1956 approved a new edition of the "Standards for Hospital Accreditation." The major change has been an attempt to separate basic principles and methods of procedure. In the process, the Standards have been amended slightly. Those changes which should be of interest to medical staffs, governing boards, and administrators are as follows:

  1. The requirement that all patients on admission have a serological test for syphilis has been dropped. This is now optional with the hospital. Hospitals should determine the legal requirements in their respective states concerning the serological test for syphilis, especially those regarding obstetrical patients.

  2. Recorded pelvic measurements on obstetrical patients are no longer required

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