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Comment & Response
March 23, 2020

Inaccuracies Regarding the Joint Commission Newborn Identification Standard

Author Affiliations
  • 1Healthcare Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
  • 2The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(6):622. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.0062

To the Editor The Editorial by Freed, “When New Standards to Improve Safety Do Not Actually Improve Safety,”1 makes an important point: all organizations must be careful when implementing changes to improve safety and assess whether the changes were made successfully, achieved the desired improvement, and did not have unintended consequences. Unfortunately, the Editorial had several important inaccuracies about the Joint Commission’s standard on newborn identification and the study by Adelman et al.2