Environment of Care Toolkit

The environment of care in a healthcare organization consists of three elements:

The building or space, including how it is arranged and specific features to protect patients, staff and visitors.

Equipment used to support quality patient care or to safely operate the building or space.

Patient, staff, visitors and anyone else who enters the organization, all of whom have a role in minimizing risks.

Any healthcare organization, regardless of its size or location, faces risks in the environment of care area. Environmental risks occur in many areas, including safety and security, fire, infection control, hazardous materials and waste management, medical equipment management and utility systems management. Having standardized, hardwired best practices and processes in place can decrease environment of care risks and help your organization remain prepared for a regulatory survey. The resources available in this toolkit include tactics to proactively minimize risks to patients, staff and visitors from known hazards or risks that may exist in the physical environment or activities connected to its operations and/or properties.

Environment of Care Safety

The environment of care in healthcare organizations focuses on anywhere patients are treated. The main objective in the environment of care arena is to provide a safe and effective environment for patients, employees and visitors. These resources focus on environment of care safety in healthcare organizations.

  • Guidelines/Recommendations


    Tobacco-Free Toolkit

    Healthcare organizations are great role models of healthy environments in the community. Healthcare facilities are encouraged to become 100% tobacco-free to protect patients, staff and visitors from secondhand smoke. This resource provides tools to transition to a tobacco-free organization.

    TAGS: Healthcare, models, healthy, Environment, second, Handcuffs, smoke

  • Guidelines/Recommendations


    Wet Floor Precautions In Healthcare Facilities

    Wet floors pose a significant slip/trip/fall hazard in hospitals. While mopping floors is a key component of any infection prevention program, the wet floor that results can be dangerous if proper precautions are not taken. This tool is an excellent document to train new hires in the Environmental Services department as well as a quick reminder for existing staff.

    TAGS: Hazards, hospitals, Prevention, Planning, Environment, Services

  • Guidelines/Recommendations


    Top 10 Ways Pests Can Gain Access

    Insects and pests that enter your organization can bring in bacteria and contaminate surfaces, equipment and supplies. This article is an excellent overview of common ways insects and pests enter your organization and how you can prevent it or at least control it. It is an excellent tool to help develop environmental services practices to assist with infection prevention.

    TAGS: bacteria, Equipment, Prevention, Infection, Practice, pest, insects

Fire Safety

Fire Safety is an important focus in the overall environment of care in healthcare. Provided are resources focusing on fire safety and prevention.

  • Evaluation tools

    Evaluation tools

    Fire Drill Matrix

    This resource provides a log for documenting fire drills conducted throughout the organization on a quarterly and a shift-by-shift basis. It is important to conduct fire drills and maintain documentation of the drills conducted in an easy-to-read format as a reference for surveyors.

    TAGS: Fire, quarterly, documentation, Drill, surveyors

  • Policy Templates

    Policy Templates

    Interim Life Safety Measures Policy & Checklist

    This resource provides a template for ILSM measures and a checklist for developing a policy and procedure when interim life safety is needed to ensure the safety of all.

    TAGS: ILSM, developing, Policy, Procedures, interim, Safety

  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

    The NFPA provides great resources in fire safety and prevention.

    TAGS: NFPA, Safety, Fire, Prevention

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Environment of Care - Infection Control Tools

Ensuring an environment is free of infection control risks is important for healthcare organizations. The resources provided include tools focusing on infection control processes in healthcare organizations.

Environment Of Care Safety Rounding Tools

Proactively rounding can identity environmental opportunites for improvement. The checklist can be utilized in all areas of healthcare facilities.

  • Checklists


    Environment of Care Safety Rounds Checklist

    Utilize this tool when performing environment of care rounds, weekly or monthly assessments, tracers or in preparation for a regulatory survey to gain an overall picture of the condition of the environment. The environment of care assessment tool can be applied at the departmental level in any healthcare organization.

    TAGS: Environment, regulatory, Department, Healthcare

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Environment of Care Regulatory and Compliance Tools

Environment of care regulatory requirements are important to be aware of and addressed in healthcare organizations.

  • Guidelines/Recommendations


    2018 Joint Commission Code Changes Related to Environment of Care and Life Safety Chapters

    This resource provides updated Life Safety Codes for the environment of care and life safety elements for the Hospital Accreditation Program, the Ambulatory Healthcare Accreditation Program and the Critical Access Hospital Accreditation Program.

    TAGS: Hospital, accreditation, Safety, codes, Resources, ambulatory

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