I work in an in-patient hospice facility. Do the patient have to have door closure arms on them or can I just install a magnet to hold the door open?
Are smoke detectors located in the corridors serving the patient rooms? Or are there smoke detectors in the patient rooms?
Life safety codes have for 30+ years not required self-closing or automatic-closing devices on patient room doors for existing health care occupancies. The reason is you do not want the doors to be closed all the times for nursing staff to respond to a patient in distress or emergencies require movement of the patient.
When the hospice is participating in the Medicare program the federal law requirements them to comply with the nursing care facility of the existing health care occupancies requirements of the 2012 NFPA 101, Life Safety Code.
Review Section 19.3.6 of NFPA 101 for the door requirements.
NFPA offers free access to this code at https://www.nfpa.org/Codes-and-Standards/All-Codes-and-Standards/Free-access
we have them in the patient rooms
To add to Milton's reply, 2012 NFPA 101 does not require automatic door-closing devices for existing health care occupancies. NFPA 101 does mention the use of automatic door-closing devices for patient rooms in Chapter 18, New Health Care Occupancies. (NFPA 101 18.104.22.168.3.(2) permits corridor smoke detection systems to be omitted if the patient room doors are equipped with automatic door-closing devices with integral smoke detectors on the room side.)
In your case, the doors do not require automatic closing devices.
Are you asking the question because the existing doors have automatic closers and you want to prop them open with magnetic hold-open devices?
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