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CorridorsOperating Room

Q: What is the rule on parking beds (gurneys) outside ORs in corridors? A: In a hospital, the required width of the corridor must be 8 feet where an inpatient …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 7, 2020
Operating RoomEgress

Q: Our surgery staff is worried about an active shooter entering the operating rooms. We are looking at having a drill soon and the question came up about how to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 22, 2020
Facilities ManagementHVACOperating Room

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 monitor the common …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 31, 2020
Hazardous AreasDoorsOperating Room

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 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 22, 2020
Fire ExtinguishersOperating Room

Q: At our hospital there is some question about which type of portable fire extinguisher should be installed in our operating rooms. We can't find an actual requirement for this …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 15, 2019
Fire AlarmFire Alarm Notification DevicesOperating Room

Q: Can you explain the fire alarm notification appliance location requirements as it pertains to the operating room? I seem to recall that there's no requirement to have them in …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 3, 2019
SuitesVentilationHVACOperating Room

Q: I have a small 28 bed hospital with one OR suite. Within the OR suite are sterile rooms, a soiled room, and of course the Operating Room, etc. We …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 29, 2019
ExitsArticleOperating Room

Q: Are operating rooms required to have two (2) exit doors? I have not seen this room but am under the assumption it is between 400 and 500 square feet …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 19, 2018
ArticleDoorsOperating Room

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

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 2, 2018
ArticleOperating RoomFire Drills

Q: Back in March 2016, you answered a reader's question that fire drills are not specifically required for operating rooms. While reviewing NFPA 99-2012, I came across a section that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 12, 2018
Q&ATrailerOperating Room

Q: A hospital is building a small addition that will serve as a corridor to a mobile OR unit. ICC construction type of addition is I-B. The mobile OR will …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 5, 2017
Q&AOperating RoomFire Drills

Q: What are the requirement for operating room fire drills per Joint Commission, CMS, and AORN? Are operating room fire drills required to evacuate patients? A: I cannot speak to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 2, 2017
Q&ADoor LocksOperating Room

Q: Our operating rooms were constructed with deadbolt locks on each surgical room. I'm told they did this to keep someone from entering the room during a case. Since this …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 17, 2017
Q&AFire ExtinguishersOperating Room

Q: Our facility recently installed water-mist fire extinguishers in all of our operating rooms, which is the sole fire suppressant. Is this acceptable? A: It could be okay to have …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 7, 2017
ArticleOperating RoomFire Drills

Q: We just had an accreditation survey and the surveyor cited us for not having a separate fire drill in the Operating Room Suite. I don't see this in any code …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 21, 2016
Q&ADoorsOperating Room

Q: Concerning latching hardware for a surgical suite, I could not locate any exceptions in the Life Safety Code to the positive latching requirements concerning operating room doors. From an …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 4, 2014
Q&ADoorsOperating Room

Q: We just had an outside company update our SOC (Statement of Conditions) and even though we haven't changed anything in 20 years he noted what he considered to be a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 11, 2013

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