Month: June 2016

by dawnconrey dawnconrey No Comments

Life Safety and Environment of Care Updates from Joint Commission

The lead article in the June 2016 edition of Perspectives is about the adoption of the 2012 Life Safety Code which we have previously discussed. This article does mention 4 aspects that are different in the new code and these are:

1. Roller latches are only prohibited on doors to corridors, and rooms containing flammable or combustible materials.
2. By 2028 buildings taller than 75 feet will be required to install automatic sprinklers
3. Facilities must initiate a fire watch or evacuate if a fire sprinkler system is out of order for longer than 10 hours. (more flexible than the previous 4-hour requirement)
4. In new construction window sills must not be higher than 36 inches above the floor. Read more

by dawnconrey dawnconrey No Comments

TJC Opens Door to Texting of Orders

The May issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives has an update on the subject of texting of orders to the hospital. Essentially TJC will eliminate their prohibition on this practice. However, before you announce this change be sure to share the article with IT leadership and note the new requirements for the security of the text message process. It is not as simple as just using any phone with text capability. The security requirements for the text message process must include:

*A secure sign on process
*Encrypted messaging
*Delivery and read receipts
*Date and time stamp
*Customized message retention timeframes
*Specified contact list for individuals authorized to receive and record orders

Read more