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    Editor: Jonathan R. Hart, P.E. and Chelsea Tuttle

    Keep answers at your fingertips! Eliminate knowledge gaps with expert insights and support only found in the new 2018 NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code Handbook.

    If you are responsible for safety and compliance in the health care setting, NFPA®'s Health Care Facilities Code Handbook is indispensable. Based on the updated 2018 edition of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, the Handbook helps you avoid confusion or mistakes that may jeopardize the safety of patients or staff in both new and existing health care facilities. Specifically designed for today's challenges, it's a unique source of Code text plus expert commentary, 2012 CMS K-tags to assist with CMS compliance, and much more.

    Be ready to resolve questions and direct employees and contractors using this unique one-stop source for:

    • The complete text of the 2018 edition of NFPA 99, including medical gas and vacuum systems requirements
    • Explanations of the intent behind the requirements
    • Practical guidance and examples on how to apply provisions, including installation and verification tests for medical gas and vacuum systems
    • FAQs highlighting key concerns of installers, inspectors, managers, and operators
    • A Survey Preparedness feature that provides insight on what surveyors will look for and what facility managers can do to be prepared to demonstrate compliance with requirements
    • New indicators showing the CMS K-tags from the 2012 edition of the Code that CMS surveys to, allowing for easy comparison of 2018 edition requirements with those enforced. Special icons, preparedness boxes, and checklists help ensure you're prepared for surveys.
    • New end of chapter features called “A Closer Look” for Electrical Equipment ITM (Chapter 10), Generator Sizing (Chapter 6), Generator Testing (Chapter 6), Surgical Fire Prevention and Emergency Response (Chapter 16)
    • The full extracted text of Chapter 8 of NFPA 110 for generator testing requirements in Chapter 6
    • All-new Chapter 15, Dental Gas and Vacuum Systems
    • More than 160 photographs plus full-color tables, photos, and other visuals
    • Design elements alerting you to Code updates, including the use of corrugated medical tubing for medical gas and vacuum systems
    • Special design elements highlighting requirements for existing facilities. Facility managers can see what specifically applies to their existing systems and buildings and plan for compliance.
    • A table explaining the major technical changes in NFPA 99 from the 2015 to the 2018 edition
    • Supplements covering topics such as security in health care and other NFPA resources addressing U.S. Structure Fires in Health Care Properties, Nursing Home Structure Fires, Medical Oxygen Safety, and more

    The Health Care Facilities Code Handbook clarifies concepts so contractors, engineers, facility managers, and security personnel can get up-to-speed on NFPA 99 requirements that provide vital safeguards to patients and staff. It's also essential for inspectors and AHJs charged with ensuring compliance. (Print, 832 pp., 2018)

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  • Table of Contents (2019 Current Edition)

    Contents

    Preface   

    Acknowledgments   

    About the Editors   

    About the Contributors   

    NFPA 99 Summary of Technical Changes:
    2015 to 2018   

    PART 1

    NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, with Commentary  

    1  Administration  

    1.1 Scope  

    1.2 Purpose  

    1.3 Application  

    1.4 Equivalency  

    1.5 Units  

    1.6 Code Adoption Requirements  

    2  Referenced Publications  

    2.1 General  

    2.2 NFPA Publications  

    2.3 Other Publications  

    2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections  

    3  Definitions  

    3.1 General  

    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions 

    3.3 General Definitions 

    3.4 BICSI Definitions 

    4  Fundamentals 

    4.1 Risk Categories  

    4.2 Risk Assessment  

    4.3 Application 

    4.4 Materials  

    5  Gas and Vacuum Systems

    5.1 Category 1 Piped Gas and Vacuum
    Systems  

    5.2 Category 2 Piped Gas and Vacuum
    Systems  

    5.3 Category 3 Piped Gas and Vacuum
    Systems  

    6  Electrical Systems  

    6.1 Applicability  

    6.2 Nature of Hazards  

    6.3 General  

    6.4 Category 1 Spaces  

    6.5 Category 2 Spaces  

    6.6 Category 3 and 4 Spaces  

    6.7 Essential Electrical Systems  

    7  Information Technology and
    Communications Systems  

    7.1 Applicability  

    7.2 Reserved  

    7.3 Category 1 Systems  

    7.4 Category 2 Systems 

    7.5 Category 3 Systems  

    8  Plumbing  

    8.1 Applicability  

    8.2 System Category Criteria  

    8.3 General Requirements  

    8.4 Category 1. (Reserved)  

    8.5 Category 2. (Reserved)  

    8.6 Category 3. (Reserved)  

    9  Heating, Ventilation, and Air
    Conditioning (HVAC)

    9.1 Applicability  

    9.2 System Category Criteria  

    9.3 General  

    9.4 Category 1. (Reserved)  

    9.5 Category 2. (Reserved)  

    9.6 Category 3. (Reserved) 

    10  Electrical Equipment  

    10.1 Applicability  

    10.2 Performance Criteria and Testing for Patient Care–Related Electrical
    Appliances and Equipment  

    10.3 Testing Requirements — Patient Care–Related Electrical Appliances
    and Equipment  

    10.4 Nonpatient Electrical Appliances and Equipment  

    10.5 Administration  

    11  Gas Equipment  

    11.1 Applicability  

    11.2 Cylinder and Container Source  

    11.3 Cylinder and Container Storage Requirements  

    11.4 Performance Criteria and Testing  

    11.5 Administration  

    11.6 Operation and Management of Cylinders  

    11.7 Liquid Oxygen Equipment  

    12  Emergency Management  

    12.1 Applicability  

    12.2 Responsibilities  

    12.3 Emergency Management Categories  

    12.4 General  

    12.5 Emergency Management Category 1 and Emergency Management Category 2 Requirements  

    13  Security Management 

    13.1 Applicability  

    13.2 Security Management Plan  

    13.3 Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA)  

    13.4 Responsible Person  

    13.5 Security-Sensitive Areas  

    13.6 Access and Egress Security Measures 

    13.7 Media Control  

    13.8 Crowd Control  

    13.9 Access Control Equipment  

    13.10 Employment Practices  

    13.11 Security Operations  

    13.12 Program Evaluation  

    14  Hyperbaric Facilities  

    14.1 Scope  

    14.2 Construction and Equipment 

    14.3 Administration and Maintenance  

    15  
    Dental Gas and Vacuum
    Systems  

    15.1 Applicability  

    15.2 Nature of Hazards of Gas and Vacuum Systems  

    15.3 Category 1 Dental Gas and Vacuum Systems  

    15.4 Category 2 Dental Gas and Vacuum Systems 

    15.5 Category 3 Dental Gas and Vacuum Systems  

    16  Features of Fire Protection  

    16.1 Applicability  

    16.2 Construction and Compartmentation  

    16.3 Special Hazard Protection for Flammable Liquids and Gases  

    16.4 Laboratories  

    16.5 Utilities  

    16.6 Waste Chutes, Incinerators, and Linen Chutes  

    16.7 Fire Detection, Alarm, and Communications Systems  

    16.8 Automatic Sprinklers and Other Extinguishing Equipment  

    16.9 Manual Extinguishing Equipment  

    16.10 Compact Storage  

    16.11 Compact Mobile Storage  

    16.12 Maintenance and Testing  

    16.13 Fire Loss Prevention in Operating Rooms  

    Annexes

    A   Explanatory Material  

    B   Additional Explanatory Notes 

    C   Sample Ordinance Adopting NFPA 99  

    D   Informational References  

    PART 2

    Supplements  

    1    Security in Health Care  

    2    NFPA Resources 

    3    Disaster Impact on Hospital Electrical Systems and Lessons Learned  

    Index  

    Important Notices and Disclaimers

     

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  • 2015 Edition Description

    Editor: Jonathan R. Hart

    Apply the 2015 NFPA 99 correctly and confidently with expert insights in the new Health Care Facilities Code Handbook.

    Based on the 2015 NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code, NFPA®'s Health Care Facilities Code Handbook helps eliminate confusion or mistakes that may jeopardize the safety of patients or staff in both new and existing health care facilities. Redesigned and updated for the many challenges faced in today's field, the Handbook features a wealth of expert commentary addressing the full range of concerns.

    Indispensable for everyone responsible for safety in a healthcare setting, the 2015 NFPA 99 Handbook has:

    • The complete text of the 2015 NFPA 99, including medical gas and vacuum system requirements
    • Explanations of the intent behind requirements, such as the new provisions addressing the safe use of fuel cell systems for backup power, and updated requirements for nurse call systems
    • Practical guidance and examples on how to apply provisions, including the revised minimum allowable temperature for cylinders containing nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide
    • FAQs highlighting key concerns of installers, inspectors, managers, and operators
    • More than 160 photographs plus full-color tables, photos, and other visuals
    • New design elements alerting you to Code updates
    • Special design elements highlighting requirements for existing facilities. Now, facility managers can see what specifically applies to their existing systems and buildings and plan for compliance.
    • New Supplements including a summary of an ASHE survey on Super Storm Sandy's impact on essential electrical systems and emergency planning, major technical changes in NFPA 99, plus a Security and Health Care Supplement
    • New NFPA fact sheets on U.S. Structure Fires in Health Care Properties, Nursing Home Structure Fires, Medical Oxygen Safety, and more

    The Health Care Facilities Code Handbook clarifies concepts so contractors, engineers, facility managers, and security personnel can get up-to-speed on NFPA 99 requirements that provide vital safeguards to patients and staff. It's also essential for inspectors and AHJs charged with ensuring compliance. (Hardbound, 720 pp., 2015)

     

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    NFPA® Handbooks are your 'Roadmap to the Codes' with insights and graphics that answer code questions. View these sample pages for a preview of the valuable information you'll access including complete code or standard text; explanatory commentary highlighted in a second color; hundreds of full-color photos, charts, tables and illustrations to clarify concepts; and much more.

    Preview the 2015 NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code Handbook

  • Prior Editions

    Apply the new 2012 NFPA 99 correctly and confidently with expert insights and visuals in the Health Care Facilities Code Handbook.

    With a shift to a risk- vs. occupancy-based approach; updates to medical gas and vacuum system content; new chapters on security, fire protection, and information technology; and other major changes, you're bound to have questions about the 2012 NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code. Don't risk confusion or mistakes that could jeopardize patient, staff, and facility safety. Consult this essential Code companion to get up-to-speed on new requirements fast so you can do jobs correctly, comply right the first time, and protect lives.

    Just open the 2012 Health Care Facilities Code Handbook for total on-the-job support, including:

    • The complete text of the 2012 NFPA 99, including medical gas and vacuum system requirements formerly found in NFPA 99C*
    • Explanations of the intent behind requirements
    • Practical guidance and examples of how to apply provisions in specific situations
    • FAQs that highlight key concerns from the field
    • 500+ full-color tables, photos, and other visuals that clarify concepts.
    • New supplements on Security in Health Care and Disaster Recovery

    (Hardbound, 648 pp., 2012)

     

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  • eForms Table of Contents (2018)

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Central Supply Location Identification and Labeling (New and Existing)  
    Central Supply System Operations (New and Existing)  
    Central Supply Location  
    Zone Valve  
    Maintenance Guide  
    Essential Electrical Systems  
    Telecommunications System Entrance Facility  
    Cylinder Storage Location  
    Department Status Report  
    Emergency Operations Plan  
    Sample Standard Operating Procedure Format  
    Sample Operating Unit Template  
    Sample Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) Format  
    Security Vulnerability Assessment  
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