Thursday, May 22, 2008

Fire Safety of Hospitals Insufficient

The fire safety in hospitals is insufficient. Patients, visitors, and personnel incur risks due to poor maintenance of medical equipment and lack of fire safety. This is the conclusion of an investigation by the Health Inspectorate at Twenteborg Ziekenhuis in Almelo, where in 2006 a patient died due to fire originating from faulty equipment. The Health Inspectorate now requires all Dutch hospitals to present a safety plan within three months.

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