FOCUS on EC.02.06.01
EC.02.06.01 – The hospital establishes and maintains a safe, functional environment
The Joint Commission states that “risks are inherent in the environment because of the types of care provided and the equipment and materials that are necessary to provide that care.” A safe environment is a major contributor to the environment of care within a health care facility. The environment of care is made up of three basic elements: space, equipment, and people. Managing risks within the environment of care entails reducing risks associated with the space, equipment, and people within a health care facility. Maintaining a safe environment reflects a level of compassion and vigilance for patient welfare that is as important as any other aspect of health care.
RESOURCES FOR FACILITY PROFESSIONALS
The following elements of performance are the most common reasons why hospitals are cited for EC.02.06.01. ASHE is providing resources to help hospitals address these elements of performance. Additional resources will be added throughout December 2015 and January 2016.
- Medical Gas Cylinder Storage [EP1]
- Safety Hazards [EP1]
- Air Flow and HVAC Issues [EP13]
Fireside chat on EC.02.06.01, EP 1, with ASHE Executive Director Dale Woodin, CHFM, FASHE, and Joint Commission Director of Engineering George Mills, MBA, FASHE.
Fireside chat on EC.02.06.01, EP 13, with ASHE Executive Director Dale Woodin, CHFM, FASHE, and Joint Commission Director of Engineering George Mills, MBA, FASHE.