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Planning for Hospital Utility Failures and Recovery

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Healthcare organizations are expected to provide safe and reliable health care to their patients. Planning appropriate response and recovery activities for a failure of the facility’s utility systems is essential to satisfy this expectation. These systems constitute the operational infrastructure that permits safe patient care to be performed. Some of the most important utilities include mechanical; electrical; domestic hot and cold water as well as other plumbing systems; waste; technology systems, including the myriad communications and data-transfer systems; and others.

In an article for Health Facilities Management, David Stymiest discusses the CMS Conditions of Participation Section 482.15 pertaining to hospital emergency preparedness for all hazards

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