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PDFWAC 246-324-140

Patient living areas.

The licensee shall:
(1) Provide patient sleeping rooms with:
(a) A minimum of eighty square feet of useable floor space in a single bedroom;
(b) A minimum of seventy square feet of useable floor space per bed in a multipatient room;
(c) A minimum ceiling height of seven feet six inches over the required floor area;
(d) A maximum capacity of four patients;
(e) A floor elevation no lower than three feet six inches below grade, with grade extending horizontally ten or more feet from the building;
(f) Direct access to and from a corridor, common-use activity room, or other common-use area;
(g) A clear window area on an outside wall equal to or greater than one-tenth the floor area with a minimum of ten square feet;
(h) Sufficient room furnishings maintained in safe and clean condition including:
(i) A bed for each patient at least thirty-six inches wide or appropriate to the special needs and size of the patient;
(ii) A cleanable, firm mattress; and
(iii) A cleanable or disposable pillow;
(i) At least three feet between beds, and adequate space between furnishings to allow easy entrance, exit, and traffic flow within the room;
(j) A means to assure patient privacy when appropriate;
(2) Provide, in addition to the requirements in subsection (1) of this section, when security rooms are used:
(a) Security windows appropriate to the area and program;
(b) Furnishings, equipment and design for maximum safety and security;
(c) Shielded and tamper-resistant lighting fixtures and electrical outlets;
(d) A door lockable from the outside;
(e) Provisions for authorized staff to observe occupants;
(3) Provide an enclosed space within the patient sleeping room, or nearby, suitable for each patient to hang garments, and store clothing and personal belongings;
(4) Provide secure storage for each patient's valuables in the patient sleeping room or conveniently available elsewhere in the hospital;
(5) Provide a dining area for patients in a community setting with furnishings appropriate for dining;
(6) Provide and maintain a safe area or areas for patient recreation and physical activity equal to or greater than twenty square feet for each licensed bed space;
(7) Provide a visiting area allowing privacy for patients and visitors;
(8) Provide a readily available telephone for patients to make and receive confidential calls; and
(9) Provide a "nonpay" telephone or equivalent communication device readily accessible on each patient occupied floor for emergency use.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 71.12 RCW and RCW 43.60.040. WSR 95-22-013, ยง 246-324-140, filed 10/20/95, effective 11/20/95.]
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