The Joint Commission recently published an article in its Joint Commission Online e-newsletter providing advice to accredited organizations on maintaining Environment of Care (EC) management plans. "To provide true value, the EC management plan should serve as a road map, guiding an organization's operations to minimize risk and support strong performance in six key EC functional areas: safety, security, hazardous materials and waste, fire safety, medical equipment and utilities," the article states. Effective management plans are required of all Joint Commission-accredited organizations except for those accredited under the office-based surgery and home care programs.

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