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Tip of the week: An informal assignment from The Joint Commission

Hospital Safety Insider, August 12, 2009

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A Joint Commission official assigned all attendees of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering’s conference last week--and all other hospital safety professionals, for that matter--to do a little homework.
 
Reiterating a warning he’s issued before, George Mills, senior engineer at The Joint Commission, asked hospitals to test their utility contingency plans soon and make sure things really will work as planned during a disruption. It’s likely Mills has also passed this concern on to surveyors.
 
Mills worries that many utility contingency plans lay dormant for years and are never tested, which inevitably will lead to failures at critical moments.



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