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Top EC problems include infection control, risk assessments, documentation

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December 7, 2019

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.

You will need risk assessments for your high-risk systems, such as medical gases, as well as controlling ventilation and exhaust systems critical to infection control. Plus, requirements for improvement are edging up under element of performance (EP) 6 for low-risk utility systems. Check your battery-powered lighting. Remember, you must document your non-high-risk utility system components on your inventory and show completion date and results of testing, maintenance, and inspection activities.

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.



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