CHA News Article

Hospitals Subject to New Requirements for Power Strips and Alternative Equipment Management

The Joint Commission’s (TJC) Department of Engineering reports that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is no longer allowing relocatable power taps, referred to as RPTs or power strips, to be used with medical equipment in patient care areas, including operating rooms, patient rooms and areas for recovery, exams and diagnostic procedures.

TJC also reports that CMS will treat all ultrasound devices as radiological equipment that cannot be included in alternative equipment management programs. For more information, see the American Society for Healthcare Engineering’s January issue brief on alternate preventive maintenance schedules.