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      Operating Room Facilities Management HVAC

      Q: We have operating rooms with two doors, one that is adjoining to the sterile corridor and one to the common corridor in the Surgery department. We…

      Bob Armbrister | Jan 31, 2020
      Life Safety Code

      I have often been told by ambulatory surgery center staff during surveys that the Life Safety Code surveyor is the person that they fear the most.

      Bob Armbrister | Jan 30, 2020
      Mechanical Rooms

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      Bob Armbrister | Jan 29, 2020
      Corridors

      Q: I just would like to confirm: When you say a 4-inch projection is allowed into the corridor is that for one side of the corridor or is that for a total…

      Bob Armbrister | Jan 27, 2020
      Smoke Barrier

      Q: Our Emergency Operations team does regulatory rounding every 2 weeks in a different unit or clinic. Our department is responsible for Life Safety.…

      Bob Armbrister | Jan 24, 2020
      Life Safety Code

      Q: What is one of the main reasons that ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) get cited for deficiencies in relation to testing, inspection, and maintenance…

      Bob Armbrister | Jan 23, 2020
      Operating Room Hazardous Areas Doors

      Q: We have two open-heart OR's. Each has a full 42" wide door leaf that opens to the corridor, and each has a 3'0" door in the rear of the OR that opens…

      Bob Armbrister | Jan 22, 2020
      Corridors Doors Suites

      Q: Does the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code permit existing suite doors that open into the corridor to be compliant if they do not latch shut? We…

      Bob Armbrister | Jan 20, 2020
      Alcohol Based Hand Rub Dispensers Life Safety Code

      Q: My question is in regards to alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) dispensers in a recovery area in our Cath lab. Does an open bay in the recovery area count…

      Bob Armbrister | Jan 17, 2020
      Life Safety Code

      Q: What is the most common deficiency that you cite during a Life Safety Code survey?

      Bob Armbrister | Jan 16, 2020
      Chutes (Facilities Management)

      Q: I have a 3-story linen chute in our facility. The chute is enclosed within a 1-hour shaft from the 1st floor deck through the roof of the facility. In…

      Bob Armbrister | Jan 15, 2020
      Patient Rooms Smoke Detectors

      Q: Are smoke detectors required in individual hospital patient rooms, and what are the exemptions to not have a detector in individual rooms?

      Bob Armbrister | Jan 13, 2020
      Doors

      Q: I need you to settle an argument for us, and your answer will settle this situation for all. We have a fire door to a hazardous room, that has lockers…

      Bob Armbrister | Jan 10, 2020
      Construction Types

      Q: What is the allowed distance a non-sprinkled stick-built building can be located beside a hospital?

      Bob Armbrister | Jan 8, 2020
      Accreditation Storage (Facilities Management) Risk Assessment

      Q: Housekeeping products like germicidal, glass cleaner, air freshener are stored in a locked metal box on housekeeping cart. All of our stock of these…

      Bob Armbrister | Jan 6, 2020
      Corridors

      Q: In regards to corridor width, section 19.2.3.4 of the 2012 LSC discusses that a corridor has to be at least 48-inches outside of a sleeping room in…

      Bob Armbrister | Jan 3, 2020
      Testing (Facilities Management) Elevators

      Q: How do I perform the elevator recall test?

      Bob Armbrister | Jan 1, 2020