Lack of Emergency Lighting

Hospitals may lose normal power for a variety of reasons, including natural disasters and other emergencies. An ASHE essential electrical system (EES) survey found that facilities responding to the survey averaged at least one electrical utility outage each year.  The vast majority of these electrical outages were not due to major storms or natural disasters. Making sure that hospitals are always ready for utility outages with a well maintained EES is vital to the safety and well-being of patients. The Joint Commission requires hospitals to have emergency power for alarm systems, means of egress, communications, at least one elevator, and equipment and areas that if lost would cause harm to patients. Emergency lighting in mission critical areas is vital and has been a repeated finding by the Joint Commission.

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The hospital manages risks associated with its utility systems.
(August/September 2015)

The hospital maintains the integrity of the means of egress.
(October/November 2015)

The hospital establishes and maintains a safe, functional environment.
(December/January 2016)

The hospital maintains fire safety equipment and fire safety building features.
(February/March 2016)

Building and fire protection features are designed and maintained to minimize the effects of fire, smoke, and heat.
(April/May 2016)

The hospital provides and maintains building features to protect individuals from the hazards of fire and smoke.
(June/July 2016)

The hospital provides and maintains equipment for extinguishing fires.
(August/September 2016)

The hospital manages risks related to hazardous materials and waste.
(October/November 2016)

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