Posted on 01/05/2016

By: Lora Mays, Product Marketing Manager

 

The Joint Commission identified Utility Systems as one of the standards that have been frequently cited over the past few years and has since provided insight into scoring and examples of improved compliance on its Physical Environment Portal. In this blog post, we’ll cover the basics of what you need to know for Utility Systems compliance.

What are Utility Systems?

Utility Systems is covered under EC.02.05.01, which states, “the hospital manages risks associated with its utility systems.” According to ASHE, the following elements of performance are the most common reasons why hospitals are cited for Utility Systems:

  • Inappropriate room pressurization (EP15)
  • Failure to label electric panel or utilities (EP8)
  • Lack of emergency lighting (EP1)
  • Inappropriate electrical issues (EP1)

 

Key Resources for Utility Systems Compliance

There are several resources available that can help you improve your Utility Systems compliance:

  • Joint Commission Physical Environment Portal: The Joint Commission Physical Environment Portal features modules on areas that are commonly cited. Specific examples of how to improve compliance for areas like inappropriate room pressurization and inappropriate electrical issues are noted within the Utility Systems module.
  • ASHE Focus on Compliance: In coordination with the Joint Commission Physical Environment Portal, AHSE provides insight into key areas for citations related to Utility Systems, supplemented by videos and additional information sheets to provide insight into how hospitals can improve their compliance efforts.
  • Utility Systems: The Importance of Labeling: In this blog post, Accruent’s Jim Twyeffort, regulatory compliance consultant, shares insight into why labeling serves as an important component of managing your Utility Systems, as well as how labeling can help with compliance.

 

In addition, investing in a hospital CMMS designed to support regulatory and compliance requirements can serve as an additional resource for your team. TMS, which is used by 40% of hospitals in the U.S. for biomed/clinical engineering and facility management, provides this support through its in-depth functionality and reporting capability, which boasts more than 250 reports built into the system.

 

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