Quality & Patient Safety

Tip of the week: Comply with LS.02.01.10

Hospital Safety Insider, December 15, 2011

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According to The Joint Commission, LS.02.01.10 has a 49% ­noncompliance rate in 2010, and 57% noncompliance rate in the first half of 2011. George Mills, MBA, FASHE, CEM, CHFM, CHSP, senior engineer for The Joint Commission's Standards Interpretation Group, gives a tip on complying with this particular standard.

"This is barrier management," said Mills. "Fire ­barrier walls and compartmentation are very important to us. They've been very high on our list for seven years now."

Mills recommended putting a bounty on "anyone above the ceiling"—that is, verifying that contractors have permits to do any work in the ceilings. If they don't have a permit, escort them from the building. The contractor loses a day of work, Mills noted, which then forces the contractor to follow proper protocol.

"The next day? That contractor will have that permit," said Mills.

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