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Holidays & Decorating

It is that time of year when people are decorating their homes and businesses with festive décor and anticipating upcoming holiday celebrations.  Residents and staff in your care home also look forward to festivities and enjoy holiday decorations.  It is important for residents, staff and visitors to carry on traditions and to feel a sense of joy and peace we all want this time of year.

The Section for Long-Term Care Regulation (SLCR) wants to help you and your residents have a safe holiday season by sending out the following safety tips, references and regulatory reminders.

Fires or other accidents are not something anyone wants!

Safe decorations include:

  • Artificial Christmas trees and decorations that are non-combustible or flame retardant.
  • UL approved decorative lighting (use in supervised areas and turn off when not in use).
  • UL approved outdoor lighting.
  • Holiday decorations, including evergreen wreaths, ornaments, photos, etc. can be used on resident’s doors, and in hallways, as long as they do not exceed 3 ½” in depth and they are not blocking the entrances or exits.*

*Any combustible decorations hung from doors or walls in corridors may be used with a waiver. Non-rated combustible decorations cannot exceed 20% of the wall space in an exit egress corridor.

Although the 2000 Edition National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101® Life Safety Code (LSC) is the official reference, the 2012 Edition contains some less restrictive requirements.  Please refer to the CMS memo regarding waivers here: CMS Memo S&C 13-58-LSC 2000 Edition National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101® Life Safety Code (LSC) Waivers, or visit the CMS website at www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Policy-and-Memos-to-States-and-Regions.html.

Prohibited decorations include displays, hangings, and other decorations that block exits, visibility of exits, or fire protection appliances.  Never hang decorations from fire sprinkler heads or pipes.

NFPA 101, Section 19.7.5.4: Combustible decorations shall be prohibited in any health care occupancy unless they are flame retardant.

NFPA 101, Section 7.1.10.1: Means of egress shall be continuously maintained free of all obstructions or impediments to full instant use in the case of fire or other emergency.

NFPA 101, Section 7.1.10.2.1: No furnishings, decorations, or other objects shall obstruct exits, access thereto, egress therefrom, or visibility thereof.

Please note, some county or city local ordinances may also require compliance with more restrictive standards, including the International Fire Code (IFC).

  •  F323:  Electrical Safety – Any electrical device, whether or not it needs to be plugged into an electric outlet, can become hazardous to the residents through improper use or improper maintenance.  Electrical equipment such as electrical cords can become tripping hazards.  Halogen lamps or heat lamps can cause burns or fires if not properly installed away from combustibles in the resident environment.  The Life Safety Code prohibits the use of portable electrical space heaters in resident areas.
  • Extension cords may be used on a TEMPORARY basis.  For information regarding the use of extension cords, please visit the SLCR website at http://health.mo.gov/safety/ltcqa/questionsandanswers.php#no13.
  •  Can candles be used in nursing homes under supervision, in sprinklered facilities?

CMS Memo S&C-07-07: Nursing Home Culture Change Regulatory Compliance Questions and Answers

Answer:  Regarding the request to use candles in sprinklered facilities under staff supervision, National Fire Protection Association data shows candles to be the number one cause of fires in dwellings.  Candles cannot be used in resident rooms, but may be used in other locations where they are placed in a substantial candle holder and supervised at all times while they are lighted.  Lighted candles are not to be handled by residents due to the risk of fire and burns.

This holiday season consider using battery-operated flameless candles.  They look and smell real!

We wish you a wonderful and safe holiday season.  If you have any questions regarding the Life Safety Code, please contact SLCR at 573-526-8610.

CMS Memo S&C 14-46-LSC: Categorical Waiver for Power Strips Use in Patient Care Areas

Memo Summary:

  • Categorical Waiver:  CMS has determined that the 2000 edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101® Life Safety Code (LSC) contains provisions on the use of power strips in health care facilities that may result in unreasonable hardship for providers or suppliers.  Further, an adequate alternative level of protection may be achieved by compliance with the 2012 edition of the LSC, which has extended allowances on the use of power strips in patient care areas.

 

  • CMS is permitting a categorical waiver to allow for the use of power strips in existing and new health care facility patient care areas, if the provider/supplier is in compliance with all applicable 2012 LSC power strip requirements and with all other 2000 LSC electrical system and equipment provisions.

 

  •  Resident rooms in long-term care or other residential care facilities that do not use line-operated electrical appliances for diagnostic, therapeutic, or monitoring purposes are not subject to the more restrictive NFPA 99 requirements regarding the use of power strips in patient care areas/rooms.  Resident rooms using line-operated patient-care-related electrical equipment in the patient care vicinity must comply with the NFPA 99 power strip requirement and may elect to utilize this categorical waiver.

 

  • Individual waiver applications are not required:  Providers and suppliers are expected to have written documentation that they have elected to use the waiver.  A provider or supplier must notify the LSC survey team at the entrance conference that it has elected the use the waiver permitted under this guidance and that it meets the applicable waiver requirements. The survey team will review the information and confirm the facility meets the conditions for the waiver.

Please see the complete memo here or visit www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Policy-and-Memos-to-States-and-Regions-Items/Survey-and-Cert-Letter-14-46.html?DLPage=1&DLFilter=14-46&DLSort=3&DLSortDir=ascending.

Revised RAI Manual

The complete set of RAI Manual v.1.12 pages and change tables and the Replacement Pages file, both in the Downloads section below, now contain revised versions of Chapter 2; pages A-8, A-10, and A-13 (Chapter 3 Section A); pages E-2 through E-8 (Chapter 3 Section E); page 6-12 (Chapter 6); the Appendix B, F, and H cover pages; and Appendix G. Files affected by this revision contain an R in the version number (“1.12R”) and pages affected include an “(R)” in the page footer.

This most recent version can be located at the following link: www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/MDS30RAIManual.html.
The complete manual can be found in the box labeled “downloads” at the bottom
of that page.

CMS Memorandum S&C 14-42-NH: Release of Learning Tool on Building Respect for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Older Adults

CMS Memorandum S&C 14-42-NH: Release of Learning Tool on Building Respect for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Older Adults

Summary:

  • Release of Training Materials: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announce the release of a free learning tool on Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults.
  • Program Content and Design: The learning tool addresses the needs and rights of older LGBT adults in long-term care (LTC) and is presented in six online training modules.
  • Target Audience: The learning tool is intended for LTC providers.

View the memo S&C 14-42-NH  or visit www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Policy-and-Memos-to-States-and-Regions-Items/Survey-and-Cert-Letter-14-42.html.

RAI Process & Medicare from Start to Finish Workshops

October 7 – 8, 2014:  RAI Process from Start to Finish
November 12, 2014:  Medicare from Start to Finish
Please visit the Missouri League for Nursing at www.mlnmonursing.org/MDS.

Updated RAI Manual

CMS has posted the updated version (v.1.12.0) of the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) User’s Manual, which goes into effect on October 1, 2014.

Go to https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/MDS30RAIManual.html, and then look under Downloads where you can view/print the entire manual or only the replacement pages.  Change tables are also available which summarize the deleted and added wording.

You may also sign up for any of the following FREE webinars done by Carol Siem, MSN, RN, BC, GNP, Clinical Educator, QIPMO.
Monday, September 22, 2014: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Tuesday, September 23, 2014: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 25, 2014: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Friday, September 26, 2014: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Friday, September 26, 2014: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
To sign up go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/8072217808620282113.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Along with the updated manual is a new version of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) Item Set (v.1.12.0).  Software vendors should be making contact with providers to update/patch the MDS software.  In order to successfully transmit the MDS on and after October 1, 2014, providers will need to use the new version Item Set with Assessment Reference Dates (ARDs) of October 1, 2014 and later.

Questions may be directed to the MDS unit at 573-751-6308 or 573-522-8421.

Top 5 Life Safety Code (LSC) Deficiencies cited by CMS during LSC Comparative surveys in FY’14

As part of CMS’s annual evaluation of the State Agency’s compliance with specific responsibilities, CMS conducts a LSC “comparative” survey in a number of facilities after SLCR completes the annual LSC survey in these facilities.  The results of these comparative surveys are shared with SLCR.  Here is a list containing the top five deficiencies CMS identified during completion of the past year’s LSC comparative surveys, including a brief summary of the most commonly identified issues found for each of these deficiencies.