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January 1, 1996 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance


Every hospital accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) is required to comply with the National Fire Protection Association's Standard for Health Care Facilities (NFPA 99), Chapter 3, "Electrical Systems," which states:

3-2.4.1 General. Medical and nursing sciences are becoming progressively more dependent upon electrical apparatus for the preservation of life of hospitalized patients. For example, year by year, more cardiac operations are performed, in some of which the patient's life depends upon artificial circulation of the blood; in other operations, life is sustained by means of electrical impulses that stimulate and regulate heart action; in still others, suction developed by electrical means is routinely relied upon to remove body fluids and mucus that might otherwise cause suffocation. In another sense, lighting is needed in strategic areas in order that precise procedures may be carried out, and power is needed to safeguard such vital services as refrigerated stores held in tissue, bone, and blood banks.

3-2.4.2 Need to Maintain Power. Interruption of the supply of electric power in a facility may be a hazard. Implementation of the requirements of this chapter serves to maintain the required...

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