CMS has issued a new memo clarifying its position on the use of power strips

- 10/7/2014

Do you use power strips in your ASC?

If yes, read on.
If no, then this notice does not apply to you.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has clarified its position on the use of power strips in ASCs by allowing a categorical waiver for new and existing facilities, if the ASC is in compliance with all applicable power strip requirements as found in the 2012 edition of NFPA 99, while maintaining compliance with all other electrical system and equipment provisions found in the 1999 edition of NFPA 99.

The election to use any categorical waiver must be documented prior to an ASC’s Life Safety Code survey. 

What’s allowed: What surveyors will look for:
UL listed power strips
  • UL 1363A or UL 6060-1 for patient care equipment
  • UL 1363 for NON-patient care equipment

Documentation that you elect to use the categorical waiver

Manufacturer labels or documents indicating the UL rating of the devices

Power strips used in patient care areas are attached to a moveable unit holding the equipment that is plugged into the power strip.

 

Power strips used in patient care areas are attached to the moveable unit holding the equipment it supplies with power, AND the power strip is not used for non-patient care related devices.

Receptacles on the power strip that are not used by equipment on that moveable unit are disabled from use.

All equipment connected to the power strip does not exceed 75% of the maximum amount of electrical current the power strip can carry.
The total combined amps of the equipment plugged into the power strip does not exceed 75% of the amp rating of the electrical cord serving the power strip. 
Power strips in patient care areas are not used for non-patient care related devices. For new facilities and existing facilities undergoing renovation on or after September 26, 2014, surveyors will verify the number of receptacles at patient care areas to verify compliance with the 2012 edition of NFPA 99.

For more information, please review the Survey and Certification memo released by CMS. 

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