An All Facility Letter (AFL) is a letter from the Licensing and Certification (L&C) Program to health facilities that are licensed or certified by L&C. The information contained in the AFL may include changes in requirements in healthcare, enforcement, new technologies, scope of practice, or general information that affects the health facility.
The California Department of Health has shared the Hot Summer Weather Advisory to remind health care facilities to implement precautionary measures to protect patients in the heat, have a contingency plan in place, and report extreme conditions. Also included is a list of tips to stay cool during the hot days of summer.
This All Facilities Letter (AFL) reminds health care facilities to implement recommended precautionary measures to keep individuals safe and comfortable during extremely hot weather.
Facilities must have contingency plans in place to deal with the loss of air conditioning, or in the case when no air conditioning is available, and take measures to ensure patients and residents are free of adverse conditions that may cause heat-related health complications.
Facilities must report extreme heat conditions that compromise patient health and safety and/or require an evacuation, transfer, or discharge of patients.