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General Healthcare Requirements: Special Definitions and Classifications

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, April 1, 2019

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Editor’s note: This article is an excerpt from the HCPro book The Life Safety Code® Workbook and Study Guide by Jennifer O’Connell and John Helton. Visit http://hcmarketplace.com/life-safety-code-workbook for more information.

Introduction

Definitions and classifications of healthcare facilities appear in two other sections of the Code and in two different modules of this Workbook & Study Guide. Chapter 6 of the Code (Module 3) introduces a general definition of a healthcare occupancy. Section 19.1.1.1 (Module 7) presents further characteristics of all healthcare facilities. This module covers section 19.1.4.2, Special Definitions of the Code. This section divides different healthcare occupancy uses into four general types: hospitals, limited care facilities, nursing homes, and ambulatory healthcare facilities. Accurate classification of the type of healthcare occupancy is critical as Chapters 18 and 19 base certain requirements on the type of healthcare facility in question. For example, nonsprinklered limited care facilities require corridor smoke detectors, but existing hospitals, nursing homes, and ambulatory healthcare centers don’t.

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