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January/February 2019 Health Care Occupancies

In this issue, NFPA Journal looks at trends affecting the health care industry, including microhospitals and door gaps; violence against emergency medical services personnel and other first responders; the catastrophic Camp Fire; and much more.


The Toll of Violence

EMTs and paramedics are now suffering historically high levels of violence at the hands of people they are trying to help. The consequences for responders, patients, and society.

Health Care Trends

Microhospitals, acuity-adaptable patients rooms, and proton therapy centers: three health care facility trends that fire and life safety professionals need to know.

Mind the Gap

How recent code updates for health care facilities have suddenly made door gaps a big deal—and potentially a big, expensive headache for hospitals.

In Compliance


New code changes for occupant evacuation elevators.

NFPA 101

Open-kitchen equivalency in health care facilities.


A preview of important issues related to the 2020 NEC.


NFPA 13, NFPA 101, and smoke compartments in health care occupancies.


First Responder

Embracing new strategies to help responders recover from on-the-job emotional trauma.


Even as high-profile wildfires wreak havoc, preparedness efforts continue to quietly pay huge dividends.


How NFPA is doubling-down on its efforts to address fire and life safety threats worldwide.


Changing with the times: Conveying important safety messages in the digital era.


Stakeholders must speak up for research on important topics to advance.


First Word

NFPA President Jim Pauley on how the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem can help address the wildfire problem.

Perspectives: 135 Minutes

A minute-by-minute account of the evacuation of Feather River Medical Center, as the Camp Fire overtook its campus in November.

News + Analysis


How California's Camp Fire became the state's deadliest, most destructive wildfire ever.


Fire incidents from across the country.

Looking Back

A massive blaze at the Manhattan State Hospital for the Insane kills 27 in 1923.