Drawing reviews are completed by RPA to protect our clients directly (RPA operates as the representative with and/or for the hospital, ASC and Long-term Care Facility). This is to identify in advance potential issues with code compliance (NFPA 101, The Life Safety Code), fire attack (how the fire department would enter an area to fight a fire) and ensure the unique patient acuity in that area has been properly addressed in the protections required that would be considered “best practices” and potentially not code compliant (bariatric unit, NICU, behavioral health, etc.).
RPA has saved clients hundreds of thousands of dollars by handling problems before they surface. We believe it is far better to fix an issue before you open than after the patients are already in your facility.
RPA can provide your organization with a compliance review of life safety design drawings for the applicable edition(s) of the Life Safety Code®. This service may reveal design oversights and improper application or inaccurate interpretations of Code provisions. Common design issues are extremely difficult and costly to remediate once construction has commenced:
Once the project is moving from “construction phase” to owner-operated as a patient care location, RPA commences the next phase of the project.
This is a process to complete a full wall-to-wall assessment (if Joint Commission, formerly The Statement of Conditions), and have web-based management tools to support continuous readiness from the day the building opens. We commonly find ourselves serving as an advocate for our clients for misinterpretations issues in the Code.
RPA will identify areas in your new building, including specific rooms or areas within departments that may provide surge capacity capabilities, along with some of the specific steps necessary to accommodate a surge (mass influx of patients, evacuation of another hospital, or internal relocation due to a fire or other emergency). Using our RPA Navigator web-based tool, Command Center tools will be provided for planning and Just-in-Time decision-making.
California Association of Healthcare Facilities (CAHF) - Really Ready 5! Disaster Preparedness Conference
February 21, 2019