517.40 Type 2 Essential Electrical Systems for Nursing Homes and Limited Care Facilities
Informational Note: Nursing homes and other limited care facilities can be classified as critical care (Category 1) or general care (Category 2) patient care space depending on the design and type of care administered in the facility. For small, less complex facilities, only minimal alternate lighting and alarm service may be required. At nursing homes and other limited care facilities where patients are not sustained by electrical life-support equipment or inpatient hospital care the requirements of 517.40 through 517.41 apply. If the level of care is comparable to that provided in a hospital, see the essential electrical system requirements of 517.29 through 517.30.
- Admitting and discharge policies are maintained that preclude the provision of care for any patient or resident who may need to be sustained by electrical life-support equipment.
- No surgical treatment requiring general anesthesia is offered.
- An automatic battery-operated system(s) or equipment shall be effective for at least 11/2 hours and is otherwise in accordance with 700.12 and that shall be capable of supplying lighting for exit lights, exit corridors, stairways, nursing stations, medical preparation areas, boiler rooms, and communications areas. This system shall also supply power to operate all alarm systems.
Informational Note: See NFPA 101-2015, Life Safety Code.
Informational Note No. 1: For performance, maintenance, and testing requirements of essential electrical systems in nursing homes and limited care facilities, see NFPA 99-2015, Health Care Facilities Code.
Informational Note No. 2: Where optional loads include contiguous or same-site facilities not covered in this Code, see the requirements of Article 700 of this Code; NFPA 101-2015, Life Safety Code; and other applicable NFPA requirements for emergency egress under loadshed conditions.