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Tip of the week: Comply with the most cited safety standard - LS.02.01.20

Hospital Safety Insider, November 10, 2011

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A whopping 49% of hospitals were scored as noncompliant in this standard in 2010, and 57% were noncompliant for the first half of 2011. George Mills, MBA, FASHE, CEM, CHFM, CHSP, senior engineer for The Joint Commission's Standards Interpretation Group, stated that dead-end corridors can be used for storage-for example, a corridor ­leading to a window that has no egress. This is intended to provide some relief about where hospitals are able to store things such as carts.

These areas are meant to be limited to less than or equal to 50 square feet, which The Joint Commission considers to be the limit of storage before it falls under the definition of hazardous storage. Also, the dead end cannot have any access to a room or exit.

Conversion of patient rooms to storage was also addressed. If the hospital chooses to give up some patient room space to storage, the room must be retrofitted to meet hazardous room requirements, which means sprinklers and one-hour construction would be required.

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