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Top EC problems include infection control, risk assessments, documentation

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, January 19, 2020

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

Beyond ligature risk, the top concerns found under The Joint Commission’s (TJC) Environment of Care (EC) standards are infection control, risk assessments, and documentation. Herman A. McKenzie, MBA, CHSP, the new director of TJC’s Department of Engineering, offered a rundown of the top-cited problems during this year’s Chicago session of the commission’s annual Executive Briefings.

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Hospitals are required to inspect, test, and maintain utility systems under EC.02.05.05.
To avoid serious findings, McKenzie advised that facilities ensure maintenance staff have a good system for setting and tracking scheduled maintenance. Many facilities are now using an electronic tracking system, he said.

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