10A NCAC 13B .6224      ELEVATOR REQUIREMENTS

Elevators shall meet the following:

(1)           Facilities with patient areas located on other than the grade-level entrance floor shall have at least one hospital-type elevator;

(2)           In the absence of an engineered traffic study, the following guidelines for number of elevators shall apply:

(a)           At least one hospital-type elevator shall be installed when 60 patient beds or less are located on any floor other than the main entrance floor;

(b)           At least two hospital-type elevators shall be installed when 61 to 200 patient beds are located on floors other than the main entrance floor, or where inpatient services are located on a floor other than those containing patient beds.  Elevator service may be reduced for those floors providing only partial inpatient services;

(c)           At least three hospital-type elevators shall be installed where 201 to 350 patient beds are located on floors other than the main entrance floor, or where inpatient services are located on a floor other than those containing patient beds.  Elevator service may be reduced for those floors providing only partial inpatient services; and

(d)           For facilities with more than 350 beds, the number of elevators shall be determined from an engineering study of the facility plan and the expected vertical transportation requirements.

(3)           Hospital-type elevator cars shall have inside dimensions that will accommodate a patient's bed with attendants. Cars shall be at least five feet (1.52 meters) wide by seven feet six inches (2.29 meters) deep.  Car doors shall have a clear opening of not less than four feet (1.22 meters) wide and seven feet (2.13 meters) high; and

(4)           Elevators, except freight elevators, shall be equipped with a two-way service switch for staff use for bypassing all landing button calls and traveling directly to any floor.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131E-79;

Eff. January 1, 1996.