|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 for the unauthorized use of extension cords on two of three floors.
1. Observation between 10:05 am and 11: am on May 25, 2022, revealed miscellaneous small appliances were being powered by extension cords in the following locations;
a. At 10:05 am, Resident room 337, 3rd floor.
b. At 10:35 am, Resident room 230, 2nd floor.
c. At 11:00 am, PT unit managers office, 2nd floor.
Interview at the time of the exit conference with the administrator and regional facility representative on May 25, 2022, at 12:00 pm confirmed the use of extension cords.
| ||Plan of Correction - To be completed: 07/05/2022|
Preparation and/or execution of this plan of correction does not constitute an admission or agreement by the provider of the truth of the facts alleged or conclusions set forth in the statement of deficiencies. The plan of correction is prepared and/or executed solely because it is required by the provisions of Federal and State Law. The plan of correction represents the facility's credible allegation of compliance.
1. Room 337, 230, and P2 Unit Manager office have had extension cords removed.
2. Other rooms and offices checked to ensure no extension cords.
3. Maintenance staff re-educated to ensure no extension cords are present.
4. Maintenance staff or designee will audit random rooms and offices to ensure no extension cords are present monthly x3.