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SuitesAmbulatory Care Occupancy

Q: Am I allowed to have a suite inside an area designated as an Ambulatory Occupancy? And for clarification, do suite boundary walls need to be one-hour fire rated? A: …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 28, 2020

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 have …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 20, 2020
SuitesEmergency DepartmentCMS

Q: If an Emergency Department is greater than 7500 square feet but less than 10,000 square feet and is deemed to have "sleeping accommodations", do the requirements of direct visual …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 22, 2019
SuitesAmbulatory Care OccupancyAccreditation

Q: We recently had a surveyor tell us that suites are not allowed in ambulatory healthcare occupancies. Can you help explain this and any code references that support your opinion? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 26, 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

Q: In a newly designated ICU suite, do the doors to the patient rooms have to be positive latching? A: No… The doors to patient rooms that are located inside …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 21, 2018

Q: We have two adjacent suites that are not separated by a smoke wall. My question is; does a door along that separation have to meet the requirements of a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 21, 2018

Q: A hospital has 2 different suites with double egress entry doors and the Joint Commission surveyor noted that these doors are supposed to have latching hardware because they are …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 15, 2017

Q: We have a double egress, cross-corridor door which will enter a suite under a renovation project. The suite wall is also an existing smoke barrier wall, separating smoke compartments …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 23, 2017

Q: We have a suite inside of a smoke compartment. We are trying to find out if the dividing wall needs to be the same as the 1-hour smoke barrier …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 8, 2017

Q: Are recovery rooms and observation units considered sleeping suites or non-sleeping suites? What is the definition of what constitutes a sleeping suite? A: Recovery rooms, surgical suites and pre-op …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 14, 2017

Q: Are surgery rooms considered to be patient sleeping rooms or non-sleeping rooms? In reference to allowable suite sizes, what is the maximum area of the suite? A: Surgery rooms …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 13, 2016

Q: I can’t seem to find the definition of a suite in the Life Safety Code. What defines a suite? A: Think of a suite as nothing more than a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 28, 2015
SuitesConstruction BarrierArticle

Q: I cannot find anywhere in NFPA on the wall construction of a suite wall. We've been building them as a smoke wall but the code doesn't say anything. A: …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 4, 2015

Q: Are there any NFPA regulations which require doors serving as exits from suites must swing in the direction of egress? I have identified smoke barrier double doors in corridors …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 11, 2014

An interesting question came up the other day concerning suites: “Just because one room has its path of egress through an intervening room, does it have to be identified as …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 12, 2013

Q: Can an FSES equivalency be written for an oversized ER suite? Our ER was constructed in 2005 and the designer made it 13,450 square feet, which is more than …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 28, 2013

Q: During a recent survey, we were cited for not maintaining at least 36 inches of clear width in our suites for exiting purposes. I thought one of the advantages …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 19, 2012
SuitesStorage (Life Safety Code)Q&A

Q: Can we install shelving along the walls within a patient sleeping suite? This shelving would not be limited to a supply room, but would be permanently affixed to the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 17, 2012
SuitesLife Safety Code

Previously, we discussed the changes that are in store for the patient sleeping suites, which are considerable. Now we are going to look at the few changes the 2012 edition of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 2, 2012
SuitesLife Safety Code

Lots of changes are in store for suites of rooms when the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code is finally adopted, and the changes are all for the better …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 29, 2012
SuitesQ&ADoor LocksDoors

Q: We recently had an inspection in our hospital where the inspector cited us for our suite doors not having positive latching. The suite doors have 1500 pound access-control magnets …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 6, 2011
SuitesQ&AHazardous Areas

Q: Can the entire patient sleeping suite of rooms, such as an ICU, be considered a hazardous room? This would allow us to store supplies in the common area of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 1, 2011

Q: We want to relocate a smoke compartment barrier to the entrance of our OR Surgery, in order to make the OR Surgery a suite of room. Do you see …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 1, 2010

Q: We recently had an inspection in our hospital where the inspector cited us for our suite doors not having positive latching. The suite doors have 1500 pound access-control magnets …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 1, 2009

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