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Standards FAQ Details


Environment of Care (EC) (Critical Access Hospitals / Critical Access Hospitals)

Patient Owned Equipment
Current | November 24, 2008
Q. Patients often bring in things like hairdryers, electric razors.  If the organization does an electrical safety check is there an expectation of some sort of ongoing record keeping that is required or can the items merely be checked and if safe, put into use?  Would a label need to be applied to the item?  

A. The Joint Commission standards do not specify how the process of inspecting new equipment occurs. Conducting a risk assessment is a proper course of action to determine whether patients should be allowed to bring in their own equipment.  The organization is expected to develop a process to address patients' personal equipment that would be included in the medical equipment management plan and medical equipment inventory. This process should use risk criteria  based on equipment function, physical risks associated with the use, and incident history. Also, any equipment to be used by or for a patient is expected to be assessed before initial use at the organization regardless of ownership. For example, if the equipment fails or is not in good condition upon admitting, will it adversely affect the environment of care; who is responsible for maintaining the device; what are the exceptions, etc? If the organization allows personal medical equipment to be brought in and used, then it should be evaluated at the time of survey to determine if the process is being followed per the policy.