|Electrical Equipment - Power Cords and Extension Cords|
Power strips in a patient care vicinity are only used for components of movable patient-care-related electrical equipment (PCREE) assembles that have been assembled by qualified personnel and meet the conditions of 10.2.3.6. Power strips in the patient care vicinity may not be used for non-PCREE (e.g., personal electronics), except in long-term care resident rooms that do not use PCREE. Power strips for PCREE meet UL 1363A or UL 60601-1. Power strips for non-PCREE in the patient care rooms (outside of vicinity) meet UL 1363. In non-patient care rooms, power strips meet other UL standards. All power strips are used with general precautions. Extension cords are not used as a substitute for fixed wiring of a structure. Extension cords used temporarily are removed immediately upon completion of the purpose for which it was installed and meets the conditions of 10.2.4.
10.2.3.6 (NFPA 99), 10.2.4 (NFPA 99), 400-8 (NFPA 70), 590.3(D) (NFPA 70), TIA 12-5
Name: MAIN BUILDING 01 - Component: 01 - Tag: 0920
Based on observation and interview, it was determined the facility failed to monitor the use of surge suppressors, affecting one of three smoke compartments within the facility.
1. Observation on June 29, 2022, at 11:44 a.m., revealed a surge suppressor supplying electrical power to another surge suppressor, against the wall, behind the Nurses' Station.
Exit Interview with the Director of Physical Plant Services on June 29, 2022, at 11:44 a.m., confirmed the daisy chained surge suppressors.
2. Observation on June 29, 2022, at 11:50 a.m., revealed a surge suppressor supplying electrical power to another surge suppressor, Exam/Treatment Room, behind the Nurses' Station.
Exit Interview with the Director of Physical Plant Services on June 29, 2022, at 11:50 a.m., confirmed the daisy chained surge suppressors.
| ||Plan of Correction - To be completed: 08/12/2022|
A. The surge suppressor was immediately removed.
B. The Director of Physical Plant or designee will in-service staff on electrical safety, usage of extension cords, and surge protector by 7/29/22.
C. Director of Physical Plant/designee will perform monthly inspection, for four months, to ensure compliance with this requirement.
D. Results of these inspections will be reported to the Safety Committee and QAPI to assure 100% compliance.