Some physical therapies such as phototherapy or saunas are delivered in special chambers or rooms. Certain features should be present to help ensure patient safety.
The patient and operator should not be able to touch a live electrical part (no shocks). There should be ground fault protection.
Lamps and/or heating elements should be shielded to prevent physical contact. In the event of damage to the unit the parts should be shielded from patient contact.
patient viewing window
With proper shielding if indicated
hand rails and hand holds
door and latches
The doors should be easy for the patient to open from the inside.
timer and automatic shut-offs
To turn off chamber when time period completed or door opened
Accessible to patient and/or attendant. The alarm should be able to prompt an emergency response.
Signs to indicate specific dangers.
regular inspection and maintenance schedule
(1) protective clothing or coverings, including eyeglasses for patient and attendant
(2) an attendant present during the session
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Purpose: To evaluate the safety features of phototherapy or other specialized treatment chamber.
ICD-10: F31, F32, F33, F34, F38,