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PDFWAC 246-335-754

Electrical and communication systems.

A hospice care center applicant or licensee must provide general electrical service including:
(1) Tamper proof receptacles in patient rooms, toilets, and bathing facilities, and family and public areas;
(2) Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) receptacle when located within five feet of water source and above counters that contain sinks;
(3) Emergency electrical service with:
(a) Adequate emergency lighting in patient rooms;
(b) At a minimum, provisions must be made for emergency lighting for means of egress; and
(c) Power, appropriate to provide continuous operation of life support equipment.
(4) Lighting fixtures with:
(a) Number, type, and location to provide illumination for the functions of each area;
(b) A reading light and control, conveniently located for patient use at each bed in the patient rooms; and
(c) Protective lens or protective diffusers on overhead light fixtures:
(i) Over patient beds;
(ii) In areas where patient care equipment and supplies are processed; and
(iii) In nourishment centers or kitchen areas.
(d) A night light or equivalent low level illumination; and
(e) Night light switches and general illumination switches located adjacent to the opening side of patient room doors.
(5) An electronic means of communication that notifies on-duty personnel, contractors, or volunteers and that must:
(a) Be located at the head of the bed in patient rooms and in all common areas accessible by the patients;
(b) Be physically or verbally accessible by patients slumped forward on the floors of either the toilet, bathing facility, or dressing room; and
(c) Consider the patient's communication needs.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.127.120 and 43.70.250. WSR 18-06-093, ยง 246-335-754, filed 3/6/18, effective 4/6/18.]
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