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“Means of egress” remains as a top Joint Commission citation

The Joint Commission released statistics this week on standards compliance through the first six months of 2010, listing the top five Joint Commission requirements that were most frequently identified as “not compliant.”

Hospital safety standards (including EC and LS) littered the top five for both critical access hospitals and the hospital setting (read Steve Mac’s reaction here).

So, it’s probably no surprise to any of you that LS.02.01.20 – in which hospitals are required to maintain the integrity of the means of egress –  made it’s way onto that list (fourth  among critical access hospitals, with 33% non-compliance, and second among hospitals, with 50% non-compliance). This has been a constant struggle for facilities, especially when safety officers are contending with tighter budgets and less storage space.

However, Greeley consultants Brad Keyes and Ken Rohde have some solutions to not only minimize that pesky corridor clutter, but also involved frontline staff and leadership so that the entire hospital is involved in life safety compliance. Join Keyes and Rohde on Monday September 20 for a 90-minute webcast on “Life Safety Code Compliance: Involve Staff to Eliminate Corridor Clutter and Other Top Violations.

Keyes, a life safety expert, will review the top five violations seen in hospitals – with a focus on corridor clutter – and provide evidence in which front line staff involvement has improved culture. Rohde, a process improvement expert, will support this approach with tools to change behavior among staff members and provide effective solutions going forward.

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About the Author: Evan Sweeney is an associate editor for HCPro's Hospital Safety Center and the award-winning newsletter, Briefings on Hospital Safety. He also writes for HCPro's sister blog, OSHA Healthcare Advisor, and manages the newsletter Briefings on Infection Control.

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