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Are your corridors cluttered? Upholstery torn?

Problems most frequently cited byJoint Commissionsurveyors when inspecting hospitals are discussed by a consultant who was formerly with the organization as an associate director of standards interpretation.  Because many hospitals lack sufficient storage space, one of the top problems is corridor clutter.  The types of wheeled carts that are permitted in the corridors in different situations are mentioned, as well as the 30-minute parking rule.  Other issues discussed include fire safety problems related to above-the-ceiling work, disabling fire doors, improper storage in unused patient rooms, poor documentation of testing of fire protection equipment, and improperly stored gas cylinders, among other things.  Another problem area, related to infection control, is torn upholstery.

Source:  McLaughlin, S.B.  Standard issues: avoiding frequent Joint Commission deficiencies.  Health Facilities Management;25(1):37-40, Jan. 2012.  Click here for text: http://www.hfmmagazine.com/hfmmagazine_app/jsp/articledisplay.jsp?domain=HFMMAGAZINE&dcrpath=HFMMAGAZINE/Article/data/01JAN2012/0112HFM_FEA_CodesStandards Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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