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Few waivers available for inspections, testing, and other routine maintenance

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June 7, 2020

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

Stay on top of routine testing, maintenance, inspections, fire drills, and other life safety and environment of care requirements during the COVID-19 national emergency.
 
There are a few blanket waivers but not for critical fire safety systems, and your facility will still can be held accountable for patient safety problems. If you cannot conduct routine compliance activities for any reason, be prepared to show documentation as to why and how you were able to mitigate safety risks, including instigating formal Interim Life Safety Measures (ILSM), say compliance experts.
 
CMS did issue waivers at the end of April modifying some requirements, such as those related to alcohol-based hand-rub dispensers, fire drills that amass too many people in one space, restrictions where temporary barriers could be built, as well as some inspections, testing and maintenance (ITM). But those waivers are limited and do not involve critical ITM equipment or components.

Stay on top of routine testing, maintenance, inspections, fire drills, and other life safety and environment of care requirements during the COVID-19 national emergency.



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