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New fall seminars about life safety and emergency management

We’re happy to announce two brand new professional development seminars that will focus on the hot topics of Life Safety Code compliance and emergency managment: [more]

From ASHE: The ‘E’ in RACE is debated

The ASHE conference in Anaheim, CA, is in full swing now. I was at an interesting session this morning where the speaker said it’s time for the E in RACE to get away from “extinguish,” particularly with nurses.

Money spent on training nurses on extinguisher use would be better spent on intalling better sprinkler protection or smoke detection, said Frank Van Overmeiren, president of FP&C Consultants in Indianpolis. More updates later.

Walking free and clear into a locked behavioral unit

I couldn’t help but think of all the security officers out there when I heard a story from a friend over the weekend who went to visit a patient at a locked behavioral unit in a suburban hospital.

As my friend approached the unit, someone coming out of it held open the door for her, so [more]

Watch out for the ‘E’ in your RACE procedures

As you probably know, the RACE acronym standards for Rescue, Alarm, Confine, and Extinguish/Evacuate.

That last part about what exactly “E” stands for may have some bearing on how surveyors [more]

New Webinar series offers core infection control training


If the abbreviations MRSA, MDRO, and C. diff. are in your vocabulary, you may want to check out HCPro’s upcoming Webcast series on infection control training that starts next week.

Infection Prevention Core Training, Part 1: Meeting the Challenge of Multidrug-Resistant Organisms (MDROs) takes place on Wednesday, July 15, at 1 p.m. Eastern time. You can also purchase a bundle package that includes all three of our infection control Webcasts at a savings.

Please pass this on to your infection control folks, too, if you think they’d be interested.

Staff training for ILSMs must mirror the risks involved

When it comes to interim life safety measures (ILSM) under LS.01.02.01, poor staff education can result in some exposure during survey, minimally as a direct impact finding. Problems can also lead to conditional and preliminary denial of accreditation from The Joint Commission.

The means of providing ILSM education, while largely self-determined, need to [more]

Follow-up about computers-on-wheels in corridors

I was talking to Steve MacArthur earlier today about some comments and e-mails we received regarding computers-on-wheels (COWs) in egress corridors, which Steve wrote about last week.

In his post, he noted a CMS memo that mentioned which wheeled items can remain in corridors. Two points we wanted to clarify [more]

Don’t park your wheeled computers in egress corridors

When it comes to computers-on-wheels (COWs) in corridors, the same rule applies as it would for most other items in egress corridors. Any item in a corridor (regardless of it’s purpose) may be left unattended for up to 30 minutes, after which, CMS has determined, the item ceases to be “in use” and becomes “storage.”

There are two exceptions [more]

CDC report notes some healthcare workers don’t embrace infection control with H1N1 cases

Hi folks, it’s Scott Wallask. Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention published an early examination of healthcare worker infections from the H1N1 swine flu virus in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Even though the report is just a snapshot of two dozen or so infected healthcare workers, it’s clear [more]

Developing emergency management bench strength

At hospitals I’ve worked with, the practice for emergency management training has been to develop a great deal of what I like to refer to as bench strength among senior leaders and the management team (don’t forget off-shift supervisors — 128 hours of the week are considered off-hours and you don’t want to be caught short during those times).

They have accomplished this by having organizational leaders [more]