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Joint Commission issues clarifications on ED classifications, doors, and fire drills

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Subject Matter: Article | Topics: Codes and standards

The Joint Commission has issued clarifications related to four Life Safety Code® requirements. The Joint Commission says that emergency departments could be classified as health care occupancies or ambulatory health care occupancies. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and accrediting organizations have yet to clarify how hospital outpatient surgical departments should be classified. The Joint Commission clarifications also state that doors not required to be tested annually under NFPA codes should be routinely inspected. If doors have labels and features showing they are fire doors, they must be inspected as such even if they are used in an area that does not require fire doors (unless those identification features are removed).

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