NFPA Journal’s Healthcare Issue Looks at Emerging Trends in Care Delivery

February 13, 2019 | Risk Management News

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​Risks related to emerging methods of healthcare delivery such as microhospitals and acuity-adaptable patient rooms, were the focus of an article in the January-February 2019 issue of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Journal. "No single theme" connects these trends, the authors said, and thus risk managers and others must stay informed so that the fire and life safety aspects of patient safety are not left behind, the authors said. Microhospitals, much smaller facilities that treat patients with the same level of acuity as a hospital but are a fraction of their size, must be treated as a traditional hospital and not an urgent care center in terms of fire safety, the authors said. "They should still be treated like an inpatient facility where patients are expected to be incapable of self-preservation and where they would stay for more than 24 hours," said NFPA's staff liaison to NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code in the article.

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