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Confessions of a former life safety specialist: Corridor clutter is among common tour snags

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, August 1, 2009

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Corridor clutter is always on the radar for surveyors. Gone is the old myth that you are allowed to leave unattended items in the corridor as long as they are pushed to one side of the hall and they are on wheels. Any unattended item left in the corridor longer than 30 minutes is a violation of the Life Safety Code® (LSC).
The exceptions to this rule are crash carts, as they are considered in use at all times, and isolation supply carts for patients who are actively on isolation precautions. Life safety specialists may actually make mental notes of the time at which they see items left unattended in the corridor, and they will circle back within 30 minutes to see whether the items are still there.

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