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Joint Commission issues clarification regarding the use of power strips in patient care areas

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, August 1, 2019

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BY JOHN PALMER

The Joint Commission has issued a clarification regarding the use of power strips in hospitals, along with what is permitted vs. what is not permitted.

The clarification, which was published in the June issue of Perspectives, comes after reportedly 20% of hospitals surveyed in 2018 had violations regarding the power strips, which are also known as relocatable power taps, or RPTs for short.

Specifically, the Joint Commission standard that covers power strips in patient care areas is EC.02.05.01, element of performance (EP) 23, which states, “The hospital manages risks associated with its utility systems.”

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