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Acceptable acronyms and abbreviations

AAAHCAccreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care
AAMIAssociation for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
AEMAlternative Equipment Management
AFFAbove Finished Floor
AHAAmerican Hospital Association
AHCOAmbulatory Health Care Occupancy
AHUAir Handler Unit
ALSMAlternative Life Safety Measures
ANSIAmerican National Standards Institute
AOAccreditation Organization
AOAAmerican Osteopathic Association
ASCAmbulatory Surgical Center
ASHEAmerican Society for Healthcare Engineering
ASHRAEAmerican Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
ASMEAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASTMAmerican Society for Testing and Materials
ATSAutomatic Transfer Switch
BASBuilding Automation System
BOBusiness Occupancy
CfCCondition for Coverage
CFMCubic Feet per Minute
CIHQCenter for Improvement in Healthcare Quality
CMSCenters for Medicare & Medicaid Services
CO2Carbon Dioxide
CoPCondition of Participation
COWComputer on Wheels
CWChilled Water
DNV-GLDet Norske Veritas
DWDomestic Water
ECEnvironment of Care
ECRIformerly the "Emergency Care Research Institute"
EDEmergency Department
EESEssential Electrical System
EoCEnvironment of Care
EOPEmergency Operations Plan
EPElement of Performance
EREmergency Room
FASFire Alarm System
FDCFire Department Connections
FEFire Extinguisher
FMFactory Mutual
FPFire Pump
GFCIGround Fault Circuit Interrupter
GPMGallons per Minute
HCFCHealth Care Facilities Code (NFPA 99)
HCOHealth Care Occupancy
HFAPHealthcare Facilities Accreditation Program
HVACHeating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning
HWHot Water
IBCInternational Building Code
ICRAInfection Control Risk Assessment
ILSMInterim Life Safety Measures
J-BoxJunction Box
LIMLine Isolation Monitor
LSLife Safety
LSCLife Safety Code
Mag-LocksMagnetic Locks
MHOMagnetic Hold Open
MRIMagnetic Resonance Imaging
N2ONitrous Oxide
NECNational Electrical Code
NFPANational Fire Protection Association
NMNuclear Medicine
NOSNitrous Oxide
OEMOriginal Equipment Manufacturer
OROperating Room
PCRAPre-Construction Risk Assessment
PETPositron-Emission Tomography
PMPreventive Maintenance
QRQuick Response
RARisk Assessment
SBCStandard Building Code
SDSSafety Data Sheet (Formerly MSDS)
SOSafety Officer
SRStandard Response
TJCThe Joint Commission
UBCUniform Building Code
ULUnderwriters Laboratory
WOWork Order
WOWWork-station on Wheels