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Age-old problems haunt facilities under LS.02.01.10

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, February 1, 2010

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Joint Commission standard LS.02.01.10 requires facilities to design and maintain building features such that they minimize the effects of smoke, heat, and toxic gases.
LS.02.01.10 was the second most-cited standard in accredited hospitals in the first half of 2009, with 43% of surveyed facilities receiving a finding, according to the November 2009 Joint Commission Perspectives.

The standard runs down various structural requirements, including allowable construction types, fire-rated wall and door provisions, and items that penetrate rated walls and floors.
Many citations under LS.02.01.10 come from a pair of easy-to-find, yet pervasive, problems:

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