LSS News & Articles

Start Planning For Your 2020 Inspections With Life Safety Consulting

As we continue to head towards the end of the year, now is the time to plan for you 2020 Barrier Management inspections. Unfortunately, documentation requirements can be complex and often misunderstood, and the code adoptions will vary from one Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) to another. This makes it difficult to know whether your facility is in compliance with the code’s standards. Not...

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Know Where To Focus Your Spring Cleaning With Life Safety Consulting

Goodbye winter blues, hello blue skies. That’s right, spring has sprung, which means it’s time for spring cleaning. Spring cleaning isn’t just a home thing, and can help your work environment feel refreshed and ready for another year. But one area you don’t want to neglect is your facility’s fire and life safety protection systems. Yes, they need some spring cleaning love too!

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The Importance of An Egress Survey in Healthcare Facilities

As a healthcare facility professional, you should be aware of the importance of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) K-TAGS requirements. The CMS K-TAGS address NFPA 101, Life Safety Code (LSC), and NFPA 99, HealthCare Facilities Code (HCFC) requirements pertaining to the physical environment of a healthcare facility. The LSC-based K-TAGS are in Part I and are separated into...

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What You Should Know Before Choosing A Hospital Accrediting Agency

Hospitals experienced two significant changes in 2008 related to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) deeming authority that should be on the radar of the Medical Services Professional. The first change is in regard to “deeming authority.” On July 15, 2008, Congress enacted a new law requiring The Joint Commission (TJC), and any other accrediting body seeking deeming status, to...

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Expect The Unexpected With A Life Safety Mock Survey

As we continue to move through the year, your facility’s Joint Commission survey may be coming up soon. And although they happen within an expected few weeks, they are unannounced and this can create a stressful environment. There always seems to be something that doesn’t work the way it was designed, and trying to find every deficiency that can potentially put people’s lives in danger can be...

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Life Safety Consulting Can Help You Prepare For The Joint Commission

It’s a new year, which means as a facility manager you probably have a lot to do before your Joint Commission survey. As professionals in the fire and life safety industry, we know maintaining your facilities' fire and life safety systems can be a challenging job. There always seems to be something that doesn’t work the way it was designed.  To make a stressful situation even more stressful,...

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Hospital Mortality Drops During Joint Commission Inspection

The required Joint Commission inspections that hospitals undergo are always unannounced, so that the inspectors can see the actual workings of the hospital, but they do happen within an expected time of a few weeks.  This leads to increased vigilance within the hospital during these weeks of possibly being inspected, and a recent report shows that this has an effect on patient well-being.

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CMS Issues New Emergency Preparedness Rule

Press Release: 

Date:  2016-09-08 Title: CMS Issues New Emergency Preparedness Rule Contact: press@cms.hhs.gov

 

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Egress Survey In Healthcare Facilities

Part of making sure that your healthcare facility is in compliance with the Life Safety Code is having an egress survey. An egress survey is a 15 point Life Safety or 23 K-TAGS inspection of your facility’s egress system. The survey examines a facility’s stairwells, photoluminescence / signage, corridors and life safety documentation to make sure that they are in compliance with the latest...

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