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The Joint Commission Update 2013 Dave Dagenais. Ranking Results: 11 out of 21 in 2012 Top 20 RankStandard 2012 RFIs2011 RFIsSubject 2LS.02.01.2051%56%Means.

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1 The Joint Commission Update 2013 Dave Dagenais

2 Ranking Results: 11 out of 21 in 2012 Top 20 RankStandard 2012 RFIs2011 RFIsSubject 2LS %56%Means of Egress 3LS %52%General LSC Requirements 5EC % Features of Fire Safety 6LS %45%Life Safety Protection 7EC %31%Built Environment 9LS %29%Fire Suppression Systems 10EC %23%Utility Systems (Ventilation) 11EC %25%Hazardous Materials & Waste 15EC %22%Medical Gases 17EC %26%Emergency Power 21EC %21%Fire Safety

3 #2: LS % The hospital maintains the integrity of the means of egress. EP 1 Door locking EP 13 Corridor Clutter EPs 16 – 21 Suites issues Boundaries & Size defined Sleeping Suite <5000 sq ft Non-sleeping suite <10,000 sq ft EP 22: Patient sleeping room is not locked EP 27-28: Lighting

4 Doors: Locking EP 1 Doors within a required means of egress shall not be locked from the egress side Exceptions Clinical needs of the patient for security measures – staff must be able to unlock at all times One (1) delayed-egress lock in any egress path Access controlled in accordance with types of locking arrangements found: Clinical Needs Locking Delayed Egress Locking Access Control Locking

5 Corridor Storage If the corridor looks cluttered…it probably is Carts Allowed: Crash Carts Isolation Carts Chemo Carts Anything in the egress corridor more than 30 minutes is storage Dead end corridors may be used for storage Less than or equal to 50sqft space

6 Suites Not identified on drawings Boundaries Dimensions Exits

7 Egress Illumination EP 27 Means of egress are illuminated Corridors Passageways Stairways Stairway Landings Exit Doors Exit Discharges Angles and Intersections of the above Must be illuminated within 10 seconds

8 Egress Illumination EP 28 Failure of one bulb or fixture shall not result in total darkness Minimum illumination required is 0.2 foot-candle in any designated area 8

9 #3: LS % Building and fire protection features are designed and maintained to minimize the effects of fire, smoke, and heat. EP 9 Fire Barrier Penetrations EPs 5 – 7 Door issues EPs 1 & 2 Building Type issues EP 8 Duct issues

10 #5: EC % The hospital maintains fire safety equipment and fire safety building features. Features of fire protection

11 Need for Inventory EC EP 1 – 20: Each device that is required to be tested must be documented in an inventory If x devices were tested last year, and x-1 were tested this year, which device was missed? Each device must be on the inventory to identify which device was missed Total number of devices (quantity) is not adequate Lack of an inventory (written, electronic or other) results in a finding at each EP

12 EC EPs 1 -20: Missing documentation: scored at each EP as non- compliant Also write a finding at EP 25 for documentation not being readily available to the AHJ LD EP 4: Staff held accountable If 3 or more findings at EC EP 1 – 20

13 EC EP 25 Name of the activity Date of the activity Required frequency of the activity Name and contact information, including affiliation, of the person who performed the activity NFPA standard(s) referenced for the activity Results of the activity

14 #6: LS % The hospital provides and maintains building features to protect individuals from the hazards of fire and smoke. EPs 16 – 23 Smoke Barriers & Doors EP2 Hazardous Areas

15 LS EP 1 Vertical Openings The following vertical openings must be enclosed with at least 1-hour fire rated construction: Exit stairs (unless >4 stories, then 2-hour FRR) Ramps Elevator Shafts Ventilation Shafts Light Shafts Trash or linen chutes Utility chases

16 LS EP 2 Hazardous areas defined, include, but not limited to: Laboratories that use flammable or combustibles in quantities less than those considered severe hazard Laboratories that are determined severe hazard Areas used for general storage >50ft 2 Central / bulk laundries >100ft 2 Boiler or furnace room Soiled Linen & Trash Collection Rooms Fuel storage Janitor closets and Maintenance & Paint shops

17 LS EP 4 & 5 Interior Wall, Floor, and Ceiling Finishes In existing buildings, interior finishes are required to be rated Class A or B When newly installed, finishes must be Class A

18 LS EP 6 & 7 Corridor Partitions Partitions that separate corridors in unsprinklered areas must be: ½-hour Fire rating, continuous from floor slab to underside of the floor or roof above, through any concealed spaces, such as those above suspended ceilings and including interstitial spaces Constructed to limit the transfer of smoke with all penetrations properly sealed NOTE: If sprinklered, ceiling is allowed to be the smoke barrier In new buildings, unrated walls are smoke tight

19 LS EP 9 – 11 Corridor Doors Doors must be substantial, made of >1¾ inch solid bonded wood core or equivalent (without louvers unless wet locations) Free of protective plates >48 above the bottom of the door Doors must be fitted with positive latching hardware and able to restrict the movement of smoke All corridor doors must swing. Pocket or sliding doors are not acceptable

20 #7: EC % EP 1 Interior spaces meet the needs of the patient population and are safe and suitable to the care, treatment and services provided The organization must provide a safe environment Unsecured oxygen cylinders Child safe plugs

21 EC EP 13 The organization maintains ventilation, temperature and humidity levels suitable for the care, treatment and services provided Ventilation: i.e. doors held open by air pressure; odors Temperature: Hot / Cold calls Humidity Primary concern is for areas >60%RH Mold growth is possible EP 20: Patient care areas are clean and free of offensive odors

22 #9: LS % EP 1: monitor authorized automatic sprinkler system EP 2: water flow alarm There are 18 or more of open space maintained below the sprinkler deflector to the top of storage. NOTE: Perimeter wall and stack shelving may NFPA , 5-6.6

23 18 rule 18 OK Wrong Wall Ceiling Perimeter Shelving

24 #10: EC % EC EP 1: Improper system design Inability of the mechanical system to achieve required results EC EP 4: Lack of written inspection, testing & maintaining frequencies Continuous monitoring by a building automation system (BAS) is acceptable

25 EC EC EP 6: Ventilation system is unable to provide appropriate pressure relationships, air-exchange rates and filtration efficiencies Specific areas lack negative or positive pressures in relationship to adjacent areas i.e. Endoscopy Processing Room should be negative to the egress corridor the correct number of air changes per hour Improper filtration

26 EC EP 6 In areas designed to control airborne contaminants (such as biological agents, gases, fumes, dust), the ventilation system provides appropriate pressure relationships, air-exchange rates, and filtration efficiencies.

27 Air Pressure Relationship Testing Electronic Monitoring Smoke Testing Flutter Strip Testing

28 #11: EC % Hazardous Materials and Waste EP 1: Inventory EPs 3 – 5: Personal Protective Equipment and the process to manage hazardous materials and waste handling and exposures EPs 6 – 7: Hazardous energy sources Escorts to Hot Lab based on organization policy Perspectives, July 2012

29 Personal Protective Equipment Testing LEAD APRONS DOSIMETRY BADGES Self - Contained Breathing Apparatus Accurate inventory Testing frequencies (based on policy) Training for PPE users

30 Gases & Vapors EP 10: Gases and vapors that are monitored include, but are not limited to Formaldehyde Ethylene Oxide (EtO) Glutaraldehyde Waste anesthetic gases Acetic Acid Methyl/Ethyl Alcohol

31 #15: EC % Medical Gas Systems EP 1: Inspection Testing and Maintaining EP 2: Test when modified, installed or repaired EP 3: Obstructions EP 3: Labeling Contents of piping Areas served Accuracy

32 #17: EC % EPs 4 – 7 Missed Generator & Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) Tests 12 times per year between 20 & 40 days Each emergency generator must be tested with a load of at least 30% of nameplate Each ATS must be tested Missed triennial 4 hour test

33 #21: EC % Fire Safety (EP 1) Open junction boxes More than 300cuft of nonflammable medical gases (i.e. oxygen) per smoke compartment, open to the egress corridor Fire Plan (EP 9 & 10) Lack of fire safety training as per fire plan Surgical site fires

34 Categorical Waivers

35 S&C Issued August 30 th, 2013 Covers several categorical waivers

36 Medical Gas Master Alarms Allows substitution of a centralized computer system for (one) Category 1 medical gas master alarm.

37 Openings in Exit Enclosures Permits existing openings in exit enclosures to mechanical equipment spaces if they are protected by fire-rated door assemblies.

38 Emergency Generators and Standby Power Systems Reduces the annual diesel- powered generator exercising requirement from two (2) continuous hours to one hour and 30 minutes.

39 Doors Allows more than one delayed- egress lock in the egress path where the clinical needs require specialized security measures or when a patient requires specialized protective measures for safety.

40 Suites Accommodates the use of suites by allowing: (1) one of the required means of egress from sleeping and non-sleeping suites to be through another suite, provided adequate separation exists between suites; (2) one of the two required exit access doors from sleeping and non-sleeping suites to be into an exit stair, exit passageway, or exit door to the exterior; and (3) an increase in sleeping room suite size up to 10,000 ft2.

41 Extinguishing Requirements Allows for the reduction in the testing frequencies for sprinkler system vane-type and pressure switch type waterflow alarm devices to semiannual, and electric motor-driven pump assemblies to monthly.

42 Clean Waste & Patient Record Recycling Containers Allows the increase in size of containers used solely for recycling clean waste or for patient records awaiting destruction outside of a hazardous storage area to be a maximum of 96-gallons

43 S&C Corridor Width New Effective Corridor width Fixed furniture allowed Rolling carts, equipment and movement aids allowed Bench c.c

44 Decorations Increases the amount of wall space that may be covered by combustible decorations 20% Not Sprinklered 30% Sprinklered 50% Sprinklered in patient room (less than 4)

45 Kitchens Allows certain types of alternative type kitchen cooking arrangements including kitchens, serving less than 30 residents, to be open to corridors as long as they are contained within smoke compartments

46 Fireplaces Allows the installation of direct vent gas fireplaces in smoke compartments containing patient sleeping rooms and the installation of solid fuel burning fireplaces in areas other than patient sleeping areas

47 S&C OR Relative Humidity lowering the humidity requirement for operating rooms and other anesthetizing locations from at least 35percent to at least 20 percent.

48 How to request a categorical waiver Document your desire and that you comply with the waiver provisions in your policy and procedures manual. Verbally announce that you are requesting the waivers at each entrance interview of a survey Check with your State Agency and verify the waivers will be accepted for licensing Indicate Life Safety waiver requests in your BBI Indicate Environment of Care waiver requests in your management plan

49 Questions

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