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Developing methods for addressing Life Safety Code® challenges for 2008

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, May 1, 2008

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Editor’s note: This feature explores problematic Joint Commission standards with expert advice from a BOJ advisor, Jodi Eisenberg, MHA, CPMSM, CPHQ, program manager of accreditation and clinical compliance at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

With the introduction of a Life Safety Code® (LSC) specialist for surveys conducted in 2008, the field will continue to see an increasing focus on the standards within the “Environment of Care” chapter. For many larger hospitals, the 2007 surveys included an LSC specialist for one to two days. This survey specialist focused on evaluating the environment of care with special attention to issues related to the National Fire Protection Association LSC.

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