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NFPA: Cooking fires remain the top threat in hospitals

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, May 1, 2009

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Every year in hospitals and hospices, there are 1,600 fires that result in an average of one death and 29 civilian injuries, according to NFPA statistics from 2003?2006. As a comparison, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 99,000 people die each year from infections acquired during hospital stays. In other words, life safety prevention strategies and associated regulatory pressure from The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is working well to keep fire-related casualties low in hospitals.

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