Doctor Sleep Rooms

Q: Do doctor’s sleep rooms have to be separated from other areas on a patient floor by a 2 or 1 hour fire-rated barrier?

A: No… There is no requirement to separate the different occupancies with a fire rated barrier, unless the hospital chooses to do so. A doctor’s sleep room would have to comply with the LSC provisions for a hotel/dormitory occupancy, but since it is incidental to the predominant occupancy of the facility (that being healthcare occupancy) section 6.1.14.3 of the 2012 LSC allows for a mixed occupancy, and separation between the occupancies is not required provided the most restrictive requirements of the occupancies involved is in compliance. This means the requirements for a single-station smoke alarm and a closer on the door to the corridor to the physician sleeping room are required because the most restrictive requirement of the occupancies involved must be met, and these items are required in a hotel/dormitory occupancy.

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.