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A: I have attended a bunch of them. Most likely it will be a presentation from a biomed test equipment vendor steering you towards that company’s products. However, they are generally informative.
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Q: What kind of testing do you do on electrical outlets in the patient care areas, non-isolation systems only?
A: According to NFPA 99
220.127.116.11.1 The physical integrity of each receptacle shall be confirmed by visual inspection.
18.104.22.168.2. The continuity of the grounding circuit in each electrical receptacle shall be verified.
22.214.171.124.3. Correct polarity of the hot and neutral connections in each receptacle shall be confirmed.
126.96.36.199.4 The retention force of the grounding blade of each electrical receptacle (except locking-type receptacles) shall be not less than 115g (4 ounces.)
A: I read the same but it was unclear on what frequency, annually, bi-annual, etc. My interpretation was that the inspections described were upon installation. Have you discovered any frequencies for the test? I remember in the old days with flammable anesthetics, there were very specific tests to be done on an annual basis.
188.8.131.52.1 Where hospital-grade receptacles are required at patient care bed locations and in locations where deep sedation or general anesthesia is administered, testing shall be performed after initial installation, replacement, or servicing of the device
184.108.40.206.2 Additional testing of the receptacles in patient care spaces shall be performed at intervals defined by documented performance data
220.127.116.11.3 Receptacles not listed as hospital-grade, at patient bed locations and in locations where deep sedation or general anesthesia is administered, shall be tested at intervals not exceeding 12 months.
My interpretation of these requirements would be that inspections should be completed at least annually and shorter intervals if the documented data collected by biomed/maintenance (inspecting department) warrants it.
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