Smoking and Fire Safety

PUBLISHED: Sep 29, 2017
Relevant to: Critical Access Hospitals, Home Health, Hospitals

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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