The National Fire Protection Agency is responsible for publishing many different codes, including the ones (NFPA 55, 70, 99, 101 & others) used in healthcare facilities. The primary code that EMGS specializes in consulting on in NFPA 99, The Healthcare Facilities Code.
The acronym CMS stands for Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. They are an agency that falls under the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS or HHS) and are responsible for overseeing the Medicare and Medicaid programs as well as others such as the Children's Health Insurance Program known as CHIP.
The acronym AO stands for Accrediting Organization and refers to organizations that CMS has given permission to conduct surveys of health care facilities on their behalf.
Deemed Status is the term that CMS uses for AOs who have been granted the right to "deem" a health care facility as meeting or not meeting their Conditions of Participation.
Below is a list of AOs for Hospitals, ASC facilities & CAH facilities AAAHC - Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care - ASC ACHC - Accreditation Commission for Health Care - Hospital, ASC, CAH AAAASF - American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities - ASC CIHQ - Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality - Hospital DNV - DNV Healthcare - Hospital, CAH TJC - The Joint Commission - Hospital, ASC, CAH
Parts per million, this is a common unit of measure when looking for contaminants within various medical and lab gases.
The Medical Gas Professional Healthcare Organization known as MGPHO, is an organization consisting of medical gas professionals involved in manufacturing, design, installation, maintenance, inspection and verification of piped medical gas systems.
Waste anesthetic gas disposal or WAGD, is the negative pressure (vacuum) system used in health care facilities to evacuate rogue anesthesia gases such as nitrous oxide and other halogenated anesthetics. The WAGD system ensures that both the staff and patient are not subjected to excess amounts of these anesthesia gases during procedures.