In a healthcare occupancy, does a suite need one, or two exits?
How many sq ft
Your post did not indication new construction or existing building. In new construction, I am taking references from the 2018 NFPA 101.
In Section 18.2.4, the number of exits are to be at least two on each floor and occupants of all areas on the story have access to not less than two separate exits. Sometimes Section 7.4 will dictate more exits on the floor depending on the occupant load. Health care occupancies' occupant load is very low density so it may not be of concern. To effectively do that there most likely be exit access corridors on the floor directly connected to the two exits.
In accordance with 126.96.36.199.1 all occupied rooms in a health care facility must have direct access to a corridor leading to an exit or the rooms in suites in accordance with 188.8.131.52 are permitted to be used to meet the corridor access requirements of 184.108.40.206.
The exit access arrangements are in the provisions of 220.127.116.11 for sleeping and non-sleeping suites are found in 18.104.22.168.7.7 and 22.214.171.124.3.1.
Basic design requires a sleeping suite of rooms of more than 1000 square feet to have not less two access doors to corridor. One of the access doors is permitted to be an exit stair; or exit passageway; or exit door to the exterior; or another suite with the code required construction for the suite separation.
The non-sleeping suite of rooms have different criteria concerning the area of the suite of rooms.
Your question needs a lot of discovery of the facts before a meaningful answer can be found.
#101Wednesdays: Means of Egress in Health Care Suites
More comprehensive explanation than mine.
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