March 17, 2010 | | Comments 0
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Perform ILSM assessments even for minor route disruptions

I heard from a hospital a while back that was bringing in new MRI equipment nears its ED entrance. A question came up about whether the organization could stop people from entering the ED through the entrance doors for an eight-hour period during the MRI project, but keep the doors available as an emergency exit.

Minimally, any change like that should probably be accompanied by an interim life safety measure (ILSM) assessment, just to be on the safe side.

Remember, it’s up to the organization to decide if any actual ILSMs are necessary based on the assessment.

If there’s any doubts from a practical standpoint, you might want to touch base with the fire marshal in such cases.

By the way, my colleague Brad Keyes will be talking about how to better apply ILSMs at the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium on May 6-7 (and I’ll be there, too — hope to see you).

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Steve MacArthur About the Author: Steve MacArthur is a safety consultant with The Greeley Company in Danvers, Mass. He brings more than 30 years of healthcare management and consulting experience to his work with hospitals, physician offices, and ambulatory care facilities across the country. He is the author of HCPro's Hospital Safety Director's Handbook and is contributing editor for Briefings on Hospital Safety. Contact Steve at stevemacsafetyspace@gmail.com.

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