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CMS and Joint Commission clarify door-closing devices standards

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, May 1, 2018

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Check powered fire doors to ensure newly clarified info on door-closing devices is met

Examine all automatic door arrangements in light of the newest clarification on fire doors from CMS and revisions to The Joint Commission’s Life Safety standard on providing building features to protect against fire and smoke hazards.

For the most part, the revision and clarification does not change the requirements for hospital fire doors that have been in place for hospitals for some time, notes Brad Keyes, senior consultant for Keyes Life Safety Compliance and the former engineering advisor for the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). 

“The corrections that The Joint Commission is making to their EP just brings them up to speed with what’s been required for years—even decades,” says Keyes.

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