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Q: Our company provides nursing home services. Now that the 2012 LSC has been adopted, does the CMS Survey and Certification Letter 14 - 46 still apply? In reviewing the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 15, 2020
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Q: What would be the appropriate standard for a daisy chain? A: I’m not entirely sure of what you are asking…. But when you say “What would be the appropriate …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 30, 2019
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Q: Are there any life safety rules regarding the use of extension cords in the operating room? A: According to NFPA 70-2011, Article 400.8 (1), extension cords are permitted as …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 11, 2019
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Q: There is so much discussion on the proper use of power strips that it can cause confusion amongst even the seasoned facility managers. There is absolutely no guarantee that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 10, 2017
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Q: As always I enjoy reading your articles and appreciate your opinions. My question this time focuses on special relocatable power taps and is centered around the AIV PowerMate special …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 2, 2017
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A reader has an objection to one of the answers I provided in yesterday's blog concerning Power Strips... Brad: In the Sept. 2, 2016 article on Power Strips the following …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 3, 2016
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A client of mine sent me the following questions regarding power strips. The answers were taken from the CMS S&C memo 14-46 regarding the use of power strips in accordance …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 2, 2016
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I received a question from a reader that I was unable to immediately answer. The question dealt with the use of power strips in a business occupancy: Did the categorical …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 15, 2015
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CMS issued a new S&C memo 14-46 in late September that made allowances for healthcare organizations to utilize power strips in patient care areas. CMS has determined that the 2000 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 1, 2014
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There has been a lot of discussion about power strips (or relcoatable power taps, as some authorities call them) lately, and most of it is not to our advantage. None …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 30, 2014
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Q: I read the June, 2012 article in HLSC about power strips in healthcare facilities and we have been hesitant to use power strips in patient care areas because the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 12, 2014

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