Anteroom Door Closer

Q: We have an isolation room next to a nurse station in the Emergency room. The corridor door to the Anteroom has a door closer on it. My question: does the closer have to be on the anteroom door? I know that it has to be on the Isolation room door.

A: According to the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities by the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI), 2010 edition, if you have an anteroom (whether or not the anteroom is required) then the door to the anteroom must have a self-closing device. The FGI does say that anterooms are not required for airborne infection isolation (AII) rooms, but they are required for protective environment (PE) room, or a combination PE/AII room. If your organization has a PE room for emergency room patients, then it would require an anteroom, which in turn would require a closer on the door. The Life Safety Code would not require a closer on the anteroom door; however, the FGI would take precedent over the LSC in this matter.

Brad Keyes
Brad Keyes, CHSP

Brad is a former advisor to Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and former Joint Commission LS surveyor. He guides clients through  organizational assessment; management training; ongoing coaching of task groups; and extensive one-on-one coaching of facility leaders. He analyzes and develops leadership effectiveness and efficiency in work processes, focusing on assessing an organization’s preparedness for a survey, evaluating processes in achieving preparedness, and guiding organizations toward compliance. 

As a presenter at national seminars, regional conferences, and audio conferences, Brad teaches the Keyes Life Safety Boot Camp series to various groups and organizations. He is the author or co-author of many HCPro books, including the best-selling  Analyzing the Hospital Life Safety Survey, now in its 3rd edition. Brad has also authored a variety of articles in numerous publications addressing features of life safety and fire protection, as well as white papers and articles on the Building Maintenance Program. Currently serving as the contributing editor of the monthly HCPro newsletter Healthcare Life Safety Compliance  gives Brad further insight into the industry’s trends and best practices.