|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 (PREVIOUSLY SACRED HEART MANOR) - Component: 01 - Tag: 0920
Based on observation and interview, it was determined the facility failed to prohibit the improper use of electrical devices, affecting two of six levels within this component.
1. Observation on December 23, 2019, between 11:50 a.m. and 12:32 p.m., revealed the improper use of surge protectors, in the following locations:
a. 11:50 a.m., 5th floor, Cliveden, B-side, lounge and recreation, a heater was plugged into a surge protector;
b. 12:32 p.m., 4th floor, Cliveden, A-side, chart room, a microwave was plugged into a surge protector.
Interview at the exit conference with the Facility Administrator and Director of Maintenance on December 23, 2019, at 3:00 p.m., confirmed the unauthorized use of electrical devices.
An onsite Revisit conducted on February 11, 2020, between 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., revealed the following:
Item #1a - Not Completed. 5th floor, Cliveden, B-side, lounge and recreation, a heater was plugged into a surge protector.
Interview at the exit conference with the Facility Administrator and Director of Maintenance on February 11, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., confirmed the unauthorized use of electrical devices.
All other deficiencies listed under this tag were corrected.
| ||Plan of Correction - To be completed: 02/14/2020|
Plan of Correction:
A) The surge protector has been removed from the area and 5th floor Cliveden lounge fireplace is plugged directly into the wall.
B) The surge protector has been removed from the area and the 4th floor Cliveden's microwave in chart room is plugged directly into the wall.
All staff have been in serviced on the importance of properly using surge protectors. Maintenance Director will follow up and create an audit and weekly audits will continue thereafter with results reported to the QA Committee by the maintenance director or designee for the next 3 months.