Hospital Grade Receptacles

Q: Do hospital grade receptacles need to be tested yearly in an ambulatory setting?

A: Section 6.3.4.1 of NFPA 99-2012 says hospital-grade receptacle testing shall be performed after initial installation, replacement, or servicing of the device. It also says additional testing of receptacles in patient care rooms shall be performed at intervals defined by documented performance data.

This means hospital-grade receptacles must be tested at intervals determined by the healthcare organization, based on ‘documented performance data’. This could be data provided by the manufacturer, or it could be data compiled by the healthcare organization itself. You could base the frequency on testing hospital grade receptacles in patient care rooms on the history of known failures of the receptacles. Whatever frequency you decide, make sure you document the process that you used to decide this frequency.

The important thing to realize is, hospital grade receptacles are NOT exempt from testing. To be sure, non-hospital grade receptacles must be tested annually, if they are located near patient bed areas, and near deep sedation or where general anesthesia is administered.

Brad Keyes
Brad Keyes, CHSP

Brad is a former advisor to Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and former Joint Commission LS surveyor. He guides clients through  organizational assessment; management training; ongoing coaching of task groups; and extensive one-on-one coaching of facility leaders. He analyzes and develops leadership effectiveness and efficiency in work processes, focusing on assessing an organization’s preparedness for a survey, evaluating processes in achieving preparedness, and guiding organizations toward compliance. 

As a presenter at national seminars, regional conferences, and audio conferences, Brad teaches the Keyes Life Safety Boot Camp series to various groups and organizations. He is the author or co-author of many HCPro books, including the best-selling  Analyzing the Hospital Life Safety Survey, now in its 3rd edition. Brad has also authored a variety of articles in numerous publications addressing features of life safety and fire protection, as well as white papers and articles on the Building Maintenance Program. Currently serving as the contributing editor of the monthly HCPro newsletter Healthcare Life Safety Compliance  gives Brad further insight into the industry’s trends and best practices.