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The Joint Commission investigates a hospital power loss

Hospital Safety Insider, March 12, 2008

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It's the not the first time we've heard about this type of reaction, and it probably won't be the last: The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) visited a California hospital in February that experienced a prior power loss, according to an article last week in the Sacramento Bee.

Surveyors came to Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento to investigate whether any patients were in harm's way during the outage. A severe storm hit the area on January 4, and the hospital opted to switch to backup generators on its own, the Bee reported. During that period, a circuit breaker tripped for an outpatient unit where three surgeries were underway.

A spokesperson for the hospital told the Bee patients were not at any risk after the power cut out.



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