CMS Requires Healthcare Facilities Comply with the 2012 Editions of NFPA 101 and NFPA 99

On May 4, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) adopted the 2012 editions of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101 – Life Safety Code (LSC) and NFPA 99 – Health Care Facilities Code (HCFC) by final rule. [Read more…]

As Tablet Use in Healthcare Facilities Grows, So Does the Need to Keep Them Charged and Secure

The increased use of tablets in medical facilities has revolutionized healthcare services, from on-the-go chart documentation to patient intake, registration and point-of-service surveys. [Read more…]

The Power Strip CMS Categorical Waiver and Its Requirements

PS-415-HGULTRA-FRONT-LThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a categorical waiver allowing the use of power strips in new and existing healthcare facility patient care rooms, if the provider/supplier is in compliance with all applicable 2012 Life Safety Code (LSC) power strip requirements and with all other 2000 LSC electrical system and equipment provisions.
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A Fast, Easy Way to Add More Monitors to Your Computer

Ever wish you had more than one monitor connected to your computer… one to read emails, one for the Internet, maybe one to edit spreadsheets? Studies have shown that multiple monitors can increase productivity and with the low cost of today’s monitors, having multiple screens is more affordable than ever.

But figuring out what internal slots you have available, or in the case of laptops… no slots, can be mind numbing, and opening a PC to add an internal card can be cumbersome.

Here’s a quick and easy solution: USB to External Video Adapters! These little adapters require no power supply and set up easily with a quick driver installation… up to six can be added to a single computer. Adapters come in USB to VGA, USB to VGA/DVI Combo, and USB to HDMI  (stream a laptop to an HDMI TV!).

Compliance Made Easy… Remember S.T.R.I.P

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, power strips are a must in many healthcare settings, and it’s important to develop a plan that includes the proper application and installation of power strips throughout your facility. Some healthcare facilities are receiving fines of up to $100,000 for installation and application violations.

How do you prevent this from happening?… Just remember S.T.R.I.P.
1.    Strategy – Combine your knowledge and resources to develop a strategy that makes sense for your facility and your regulatory body (NFPA, The Joint Commission, OSHA, UL, Federal, State and Local Authorities with Jurisdiction – email us for a free Regulatory Cheat Sheet Guide). It is up to facilities to conduct a risk assessment and develop a policy and maintenance plan as they deem appropriate.
2.    Technology – Stay on top of new technology that provides a higher level of safety to staff and patients. There is quite a difference between power strip technology in a generic strip from the local big box store, and Medical-Grade Power Strips with single fault line protection.
3.    Regulations – Review codes and standards. Facilities need to make sure they follow code, and code bodies should begin to adopt new technology (Again email us for a free Regulatory Cheat Sheet Guide).
4.    Installation – Make sure you understand proper installation of power strips. To name a few no-no’s: daisy-chaining, overloading and channeling strips through doorways or walls are all improper forms of installation.
5.    Purpose – Understand the different applications and their associated UL code. There are different strips for different applications throughout a facility from patient rooms to mobile applications to administrative locations.

Feel free to comment or email our Healthcare/Medical Product Specialists for more information.