Are You Taking Advantage of Suites

Are You Taking Advantage of Suites

There are so many reasons why implementing suites in a health care facility is so beneficial and it is as simple as understanding the requirements for suites. Here’s a general overview:

All suites:

  • Travel distance from any point to an egress door is limited to 100 ft.
  • Second means of egress can be through adjoining suites, stairs, or exterior doors.
  • Unless a small area, two means of egress are required.
  • A Suite cannot create a dead end corridor in excess of 30 ft.

Patient Sleeping Suites (ICU, NICU, CCU, Some general nursing units if properly designed):

  • Limited to 5,000 sq. ft.
  • Or up to 7,500 sq. ft. if sprinkler protected, and complete smoke detection OR direct supervision.
  • Or up to 10,000 sq. ft. if sprinkler protected, complete smoke detection AND direct supervision.

Patient Non-Sleeping Suites (ED, OR):

  • Limited to 10,000 sq. ft.

There are other nuances and applying the CMS waiver for suites under the 2012 Edition of the Life Safety Code® is required. But with the proper application, reduction in requirements for corridor storage and door hardware can be a major benefit.