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Backbreaker - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - April 2019

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Surgical Center in Paramus, N.J., was cited for not having a yearly fuel and load test for its generator. "It was a real 'wow' moment. This was never brought up during the past 5 surveys I went through," says Mary McIntyre, RN, BSN, CRCST, Saddle River Valley's director of nursing and operations. When the sur- veyor asked how often the facility tested the diesel fuel in the engine of its generator, Ms. McIntyre said they didn't. Turns out, you need to test or "polish" the fuel yearly to make sure it's pure diesel and hasn't damaged the generator. Load-testing? The facility wasn't doing that either. Ms. McIntyre not only dug deep into the National Fire Protection Association's guide- lines, but also reached out to her generator company for guidance. The generator needed load-testing at a minimum of 30% of capacity. "If your fuel is watered down and your generator cannot provide power at full load, then your facility isn't as safe as it should be," says Ms. McIntyre. "Yes, the entire process was time-consuming, but how- ever annoying it was at the time, it really did improve the safety of our patients." OSM Meeting the accreditation needs of healthcare organizations since 1945. Certifying quality in specialty programs. RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE. Joint Replacement Certification for partial and total hip and knee programs including those seeking designation as a Blue Distinction Center. Stroke Certification for "stroke ready" emergency departments to comprehensive neurological services. Compounding Pharmacy Certification for non-sterile, sterile, and hazardous compounding. Wound Care Certification for treatment of chronic wounds, including HBOT. Lithotripsy Certification for mobile and onsite services. READY TO LEARN MORE? Visit www.hfap.org, email us at info@hfap.org or call 312. 920.7383.

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