How does accreditation affect the agency’s equipment and facilities?

The accredited agency must prove that its vehicles meet all required federal, state, and/or local specifications and that the vehicles are cleaned and maintained to strict standards. The agency must have a preventive maintenance program, with records of all scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, for both the vehicles and the durable medical equipment inside. It must have policies governing the locking of drugs, needles and syringes; management of medicines in case of temperature extreme exposures; and proper handling of disposable medical items. The agency’s facilities must be clean and meet all relevant safety standards.