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An important point: We do not represent The Joint Commission or any other accreditor. Statements such as "The Joint Commission requires" are based on careful readings of The Joint Commissions standards, exposure to The Joint Commission's surveyor training, and frequent observation of The Joint Commission survey teams at work. We attempt to provide users with the best predictions and interpretations of current Joint Commission requirements, but caution users that advice given is general, and users should consult professional counsel for specific instruction.

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