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Top LS issues involve usual suspects: Sprinkler systems, means of egress

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, January 19, 2020

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by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)

Cables attached to sprinkler lines, dirty sprinkler heads, obstructions, and problems with escape routes topped the list of Life Safety (LS) violations by The Joint Commission (TJC) during this year’s Chicago session of the commission’s annual Executive Briefings.

A rundown of the problems, and their potential solutions, was offered by Herman A. McKenzie, MBA, CHSP, the new director of TJC’s Department of Engineering. Be aware that TJC is more inclined to put violations in the category of high likelihood for harm, which can threaten your accreditation. LS-related findings of immediate threat to life went up from just 0.01% during all of 2018 to 0.15% of findings in just the first half of 2019.

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