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Life safety violations top The Joint Commission's most cited standards list

Hospital Safety Insider, March 4, 2009

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In a statistic that can only be bad news for hospitals, the former EC.5.20 was the most cited Joint Commission standard in surveyed hospitals in the first half of 2008.
 
According to The Joint Commission, during that period 46% of hospitals received citations under EC.5.20, which requires compliance with the Life Safety Code and the Statement of Conditions.
 
EC.5.20’s provisions expanded into the new life safety chapter, which debuted in January 2009. With a total of 10 standards and more than 100 EPs in the new chapter, the potential for citations has increased.
 
Also, EC.5.40 (inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire protection equipment) was cited in 28% of hospitals in the first half of 2008, making it the sixth most cited standard. EC.5.40 has become EC.02.03.05 in the 2009 standards



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