MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2023
- 3:30 PM
PANZACOLA H1 - 2
12: Patient Care Electrical Receptacles: Where Code-Minimum Meets Operationalizing
Have you ever tried to navigate the codes and guidelines to achieve the best practice for installation of electrical receptacles in an inpatient space? One would think it would be an easy task, but it’s not that simple. Receptacle quantities are based upon the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) category of the space, type of room, and Facilities Guidelines Institute (FGI) Guidelines. As hospital patients become more ill and lifesaving equipment becomes more the norm, the complexity of building systems for hospitals grows. Telehealth and advances in technology add to the complication. Balancing the clinical needs with the expectation of personal technology provisions is the norm. Understanding how to navigate code and functional requirements of receptacle needs in inpatient spaces is the reason FGI created a Beyond Fundamentals white paper entitled “Electrical Receptacles in Patient Care Areas Where Code Minimum Meets Operationalizing Patient Care.” The goal of the document is to bring to light the decision-making process necessary for receptacles located in inpatient areas and to create a conversation regarding the basis of design to operationalize a healthcare facility.