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OIG finds fire safety, emergency prep deficiencies at LTC facilities

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, April 8, 2021

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

If your healthcare system accreditation is tied to a long-term care facility or nursing home, be aware that the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is still going state by state to audit select facilities on-site for adherence to life safety and emergency preparedness regulations.

In its most recent report, HHS OIG found multiple problems at nursing homes in Iowa.

“During our onsite inspections, we identified deficiencies in areas related to life safety and emergency preparedness at all 20 nursing homes,” according to the report. “We found 122 instances of noncompliance with life safety requirements related to building exits, fire detection and suppression systems, hazardous storage, smoking policies, and electrical equipment maintenance, among others. We also found 133 instances of noncompliance with emergency preparedness requirements related to written plans, emergency power, emergency communications, and training, among others. As a result, residents at the 20 nursing homes were at increased risk of injury or death during a fire or other emergency.”

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