2021 Environment of Care® Essentials for Health Care

Get quick access to ALL the environment of care, emergency management, and life safety accreditation standards across ALL settings of care.

Release Date: January 15, 2021. 204 pages.

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2021 Environment of Care® Essentials for Health Care
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Product Description

Product Description

Are you a facility manager or emergency management coordinator who only needs Joint Commission standards that apply to the physical environment or emergency planning—not the whole manual? Or, do you work in a health care system or as a vendor and need to accurately align compliance efforts across hospital, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient behavioral clinics, or other settings of care?

Make standards compliance and preparing for survey easier with 2021 Environment of Care® Essentials for Health Care. This indispensable spiral-bound or PDF volume bundles the environment of care (EC), emergency management (EM), and life safety (LS) standards and elements of performance (EPs) for all settings in one convenient reference so the information you need is always right at your fingertips. Equipment management (EQ) standards, which appear only in the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Home Care, are also included.

A recently redesigned matrix will help you streamline compliance efforts in your facility and your health care system, allowing you to quickly cross-reference EC, EM, and LS requirements across settings. You can see similarities and differences at a glance. A simple matrix included at each requirement clearly identifies (with an “x”) whether the requirement applies in each of the eight Joint Commission accreditation programs. Bracketed wording indicates how and where wording varies slightly across programs. Conversely, if standards, EPs, or notes vary greatly, abbreviations appear in brackets after that text noting it applies only to the programs listed, for example, ambulatory care (AHC), critical access hospitals (CAH), and hospitals (HAP).

Key Topics

  • Essential information for complying with EC requirements with regard to safety, security, hazardous materials and waste, medical equipment and utility systems, and fire safety 
  • Complete Emergency Operations Plan/Emergency Management Plan requirements 
  • Unabridged LS management requirements aligned with the 2012 Life Safety Code®*

Key Features

  • All EC, EM, and LS standards and EPs effective January 1, 2021
  • Streamlined grid that compares standards across the continuum of care to promote continuous accreditation readiness for all organizations, including those listed under "Settings" below
  • Glossary terms with clear, straightforward definitions

Standards: EC, EM, and LS (across all settings) and EQ (home care only)

Settings: All Joint Commission accreditation programs, including ambulatory health care, behavioral health care and human services, critical access hospitals, home care, hospitals, laboratory services, nursing care centers, and office-based surgery centers

Key Audience

  • Facility managers
  • Emergency managers
  • Life safety experts
  • Staff engineers
  • Accreditation and regulatory staff
  • Risk managers
  • Health care facilities consultants and vendors

*Life Safety Code is a registered trademark of the National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA. (see The Joint Commission/NFPA® Life Safety Book for Health Care Organizations... 2nd Edition if needed)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

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Table of Contents

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