Health and Long Term Care Summit

Published on June 5, 2012

Fire Protection Research Foundation Workshop Summary: "National Trends in Delivery of Health and Long Term Care: Implications for Safety Codes and Standards"
Author: Kathleen Almand, Amanda Kimball, Fire Protection Research Foundation
Date of issue: May 2012


In recognition of the changing landscape of health and long term care, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Fire Protection Research Foundation organized a summit on the trends in health and long term care in July of 2010. Due to the success of this event, a second follow-up summit was held on March 28 and 29, 2012 entitled “National Trends in Delivery of Health and Long Term Care: Implications for Safety Codes and Standards” (referred to herein as the Summit).

The Summit was again jointly organized by the Foundation and NFPA and was designed to provide leaders in the health care fire safety community an opportunity to pause and reflect on the safety implications of emerging trends in delivery of health care, long term care and personal care.

On the first day of the Summit, nationally recognized keynote speakers challenged the participants on the emerging demographic, technological, and environmental issues facing the health care industry and what challenges they pose to fire safety. On the second day, a group of NFPA Technical Committee members met with these speakers to discuss the implications of these issues on NFPA’s health care codes and standards-most notably NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®.

This Report is a summary of the 2012 Summit presentations and the Technical Committee member discussions. Appended are the participant list, agenda and presentations.