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:
- 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.