Joint Commission Clarifies Position on Ventilation Air Pressure Relationship Requirements for Endoscopy Procedures

PUBLISHED: Mar 27, 2019
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care, Critical Access Hospitals, Hospitals

The Joint Commission (TJC) recently addressed a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) addressing ventilation air pressure relationship requirements for endoscopy procedures for Ambulatory Care, Hospital and Critical Access Hospital accreditation programs. According to TJC, they accept the 2014 Facility Guidelines institute’s (FGI) ventilation requirement for air pressure relationship for endoscopy procedure rooms.

In their FAQ response, TJC states that:

“The [FGI] guideline which previously had a requirement of positive air pressure has been changed to “not required”; meaning positive or negative pressure relationship is acceptable.”

TJC further explains that before an organization decides to use FGI guidelines it will also need to evaluate the rules and regulations of any other controlling authority (e.g., state and local laws and regulations).

For organizations that do not have a documented decision regarding use of FGI guidelines, endoscopy rooms will be evaluated per the original design criteria.

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