Good Afternoon All,
OSFM has been fielding questions from facilities concerning the inspection, testing and maintenance of LSC system during this time when you may have restricted visitors.
We are sending out the information from CMS. They advised facilities in Memorandum QSO-20-14– under section “Additional Guidance” number 7:
Facilities should review and revise how they interact vendors and receiving supplies, agency staff, EMS personnel and equipment, transportation providers (e.g., when taking residents to offsite appointments, etc.), and other non-health care providers (e.g., food delivery, etc.), and take necessary actions to prevent any potential transmission. For example, do not have supply vendors transport supplies inside the facility. Have them dropped off at a dedicated location (e.g., loading dock). Facilities can allow entry of these visitors if needed, as long as they are following the appropriate CDC guidelines for Transmission-Based Precautions.
Please contact the facility in advance of your arrival for information on the appropriate CDC guidelines for Transmission-Based Precautions
This is the only guidance we have concerning this issue. Some have asked if they do not let vendor in to conduct the inspection what repercussions will the facility face once we are back doing inspections. Until CMS provides guidance we do not have an answer.
Thank you for all your questions, we will do our best to keep everyone informed.
Chief of Inspections
Office of the State Fire Marshal
800 SW Jackson Suite 104
Topeka, KS 66612