Health care facility design professionals must consider the long-term effects their designs will have on facilities with ever-changing operational needs at the same time the designs must comply with current code requirements. This presentation will use real-life examples to review the biggest design problems in health care facilities related to the application of code requirements to new and existing facilities. Significant changes to reference codes in light of the pending CMS and Joint Commission adoption of the 2012 edition of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code® will be highlighted. The session will enable attendees to:
Identify the top ten health care facility design problems caused by inconsistent code requirements.
Describe how to apply conflicting code requirements to multiple occupancy types.
Outline significant changes to NFPA 13, NFPA 25, NFPA 72, and NFPA 80 that impact compliance with NFPA 101.
Apply the code compliance information presented to current and future design project as well as existing facilities.