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What should you know about emergency power and current NFPA, OSHA, CMS, DNV, and The Joint Commission requirements? Much more than ten years ago with more in the years to come. It isn’t a question of keeping up with things; it is a matter of not being left behind in the proverbial dust, and possibly in legal action because a patient was compromised.
Motor and Generator Institute (MGI) can help answer the following questions:
- Does my EPSS installation meet NFPA requirements for lighting, cooling, ventilation, fuel supply and storage?
- Am I performing all maintenance activities adequately to ensure the EPSS will start & run when needed, and meet all AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction) requirements?
- Do I have the proper EPSS documentation and records for inspections, maintenance, and testing?
- Am I performing weekly inspections properly to ensure the EPSS will start and run when needed and meet AHJ requirements?
- Did I perform all monthly and triennial tests properly? Will AHJ surveyors accept the testing reports?
- Are we prepared for the next natural or human-made disaster, as required in the CMS Emergency Preparedness “Final Rule” (42 CFR 482.15) that went in to effect November 2017?
At MGI we can help ensure you and your facility are compliant with all healthcare requirements for installation, operation, maintenance, and testing of the emergency power supply system (EPSS).
How “lawsuit-proof” is your EPSS?
In the words of an attorney who has spent many years representing plaintiffs:
“I would ask for their protocols and then I would depose everyone I could find looking for examples where the protocols were not followed. Then I’d hire an expert to pick apart their protocols for any deficiencies. I only need one point of failure if I’m the plaintiff’s attorney; either bad protocols or failure to follow those protocols are enough.
Keep in mind that the equipment manufacturer can also be sued, so inevitably there will be cross-claims between the hospital and the equipment manufacturer. If the hospital’s protocols result in a use or maintenance schedule that goes against the manufacturer’s recommendations, then that’s another point of potential liability.”
Compliance with local and federal jurisdiction requirements is not enough. Adherence to requirements found in OEM manuals may not be enough. Following accepted best practices without reference to either AHJ regulations or OEM requirements is a sure loser. Defending the hospital, and your job, against any legal action, requires the melding of proper education and protocol development.