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Quick Safety Issue 30: Protecting patients during utility system outages

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Quick Safety is a monthly newsletter that outlines an incident, topic or trend in health care that could compromise patient safety. Quick Safety helps Joint Commission-accredited organizations recognize potential safety issues they may encounter.

 

Quick Safety 30: Protecting patients during utility system outages

 

Protecting patients during utility system outages

A disruption to a utility system can affect a health care organization’s ability to provide safe patient care and treatment. However, it is inevitable that a health care facility will experience a disruption to one or more of its utility systems at some time, so a process must be in place to manage and respond to the risks associated with utility systems, and to act accordingly to planned and unplanned events. This process is also called contingency planning.