Web site spotlight: Three life safety issues to watch for

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, September 18, 2009

While they may look like common, innocuous problems to you, The Joint Commission life safety specialists may take a decidedly stricter view.

Corridor clutter, damaged fire-rated doors, and unsealed penetrations in rated barriers are three pieces of low-hanging fruit that life safety specialists will target—so it's worth educating all of your staff members to be on the lookout for these problems. The risk is real: In 2008, two fire-safety-related requirements made The Joint Commission's top 10 list of cited standards in accredited hospitals.

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