Smoking and Fire Safety
The Joint Commission has issued several revised and new requirements related to their adoption of the 2012 editions of the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 101: Life Safety Code and NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code. Some of these changes are related to smoking and fire safety.
For Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals and Home Care, TJC has added a new element of performance to EC.02.01.03 that requires:
- Smoking materials are removed from patients receiving respiratory therapy.
- No ignition sources are within one foot of patients receiving oxygen via nasal cannula outside of the patient’s room.
- When oxygen is being delivered inside a patient’s room, no sources of ignition are within 15 feet of the area of administration.
- Solid fuel–burning appliances are not in the area of administration.
- Nonmedical appliances with hot surfaces or sparking mechanisms are not within oxygen-delivery equipment or site of intentional expulsion.
These requirements are effective January 1, 2018.
Included with today’s notice are example policies related to the above requirements.
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