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Tip of the week: Comply with EC.02.03.05

Hospital Safety Insider, November 17, 2011

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This standard requires hospitals to maintain fire safety equipment and fire safety building features. The standard was scored 42% noncompliant in 2010 and also in the first half of 2011 by The Joint Commission.

The main issue here is documentation, notes George Mills, MBA, FASHE, CEM, CHFM, CHSP, senior engineer for The Joint Commission's Standards Interpretation Group. Hospitals are having their fire safety equipment inspected, but one of two issues arises: either the inspection itself is not properly documented or, worse, no one looks at the documentation and there are deficiencies listed in the report that need to be addressed.

"We're scoring this twice, once for not having the report, and also dinging leadership for it," said Mills.

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