Safety

Joint Commission reminder: Don’t put portable space heaters at nurses’ stations

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, October 1, 2009

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As many of you prepare to enter chillier months, it’s inevitable that portable space heaters will begin to appear on patient care units and in offices.
Be careful with your space heaters, as The Joint Commission has taken a more restrictive view on their use than the 2000 edition of the Life Safety Code® (LSC).
In short, The Joint Commission bans space heaters in nurses’ stations, a position that is bound to get pushback from the nursing staff.

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