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August 14, 2012


Richard Bedell

Even better - hospital should have a sign posted at the door stating the purpose of the room and/or the nature of the door. Even 'trained' people will forget sometime. The signage would remind the staff and inform the visitors. Additionally, behavioral people would likely be restrained. One that becomes violent would likely break the window out in the door and cause major disruption. Staff would also be entering a room where they may not be able to see into before opening the door creating a risk to staff. One solution to the entrapment would be to place a 'nurse call' button next to the door near the door handle as well as at the bed. Design and planning is more than thinking of what is desire but also considering the unintentional events that could happen.

Paul Laurienzo, PE

I find it hard to beleive that such a door lock configuration is "legal" as viewed from a building code stand point. There should be an emergency call button powered by emergency power at the very least.

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