Safety - March 2013
A proposed deadline extension for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) requirement that all nursing home facilities have automatic sprinkler systems by August 13 is open for comment.
A searchable database of federal safety rule violations at about 1,000 hospitals since 2011 is now available.
Understanding what is front of mind for first responders can help facility managers better prepare for what will happen in the event of an emergency.
Though the code language might be tricky to decipher, fire code does allow fire alarm systems to interface with non-fire alarm systems in order to provide emergency control function.
The successful evacuation of about 6,000 people from various NYC healthcare facilities due to Hurricane Sandy, including five city hospitals, speaks to the great strides the industry has made in emergency response planning after Hurricane Katrina.
By August 13, 2013, nursing homes must have automatic fire sprinklers as a precondition of participating in the Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement program. But the road to this regulation has been a long time coming.