Webinar: The 2018 Guidelines: How to Use and Major Updates

When:  Jul 10, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)
Earn 1.0 AIA LU/HSW | Tuesday, July 10, 2018 | 2–3pm EDT


This presentation will consist of two sections: a primer for emerging professionals on how to use the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of hospitals, outpatient facilities, and residential health, care, and support facilities and an overview of the major revisions to the 2018 Guidelines. The presenter will review the essential elements of the documents, available formats, and how best to retrieve information from the Guidelines. Following the primer, the presenter will address new and revised sections of text including accommodations for care of patients of size; accommodations for telemedicine services; imaging, examination, procedure, and operating rooms; and sterile processing facilities.

Learning objectives

After participating in this webinar attendees will be equipped to:

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  1. Explain the impetus and methodology for revisions to the 2018 Guidelines, including creation of the new outpatient document.
  2. Describe the major revisions to the 2018 documents, including the changes to sterile processing, recovery spaces, and accommodations for patients of size and telemedicine.

  3. Apply the new classification system for imaging rooms and clarification of examination, procedure, and operating room requirements and explain how it informed revision of the mobile/transportable medical units chapter.

  4. Illustrate how using the 2018 edition of the Guidelines for a project can provide a safe, more effective patient care environment at a reasonable cost.

Ideal audience

This session is part of the HC 101 Series by the Academy of Architecture for Health.  The web-based 60 minute seminars are tailored to provide budding health care design professionals with conceptual and practical primer-level knowledge.

Education level




Gregg Ostrow, AIA

Gregg graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1984 and became a licensed architect in 1987. From 1998 to 2008, Gregg was the facility architect for the St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho, where he worked on more than 400 health care projects ranging from medical imaging equipment replacement projects to master planning regional health care campuses. Since then, he has been consulting for the local hospital systems and has served on the board of the Idaho Society of Healthcare Engineers.



Doug Erickson, FASHE, CHFM, HFDP, CHC

Doug is CEO of the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI), the not-for-profit organization responsible for revising and publishing the Guidelines for Design and Construction documents and whose mission is to produce consensus-based guidelines for hospitals, outpatient facilities, and residential health, care and support facilities. Doug is a founding board member of FGI and was chair of the Health Guidelines Revision Committee revision for the 2018, 2014, and 2010 editions and vice-chair of the 1987, 1992/93, 1996/97, 2001, and 2006 editions.

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View the Presentation Files
When available, you can download a copy of the presentation and the Q&A here. A PDF of the presentation will be posted prior to the live webinar, and the Q&A will be posted after the webinar. Continuing Education Hours are only offered during the live event.

Report AIA Continuing Education
Continuing Education hours are only offered during the live event, and only to AIA members. A link to a survey will be provided both at the end of the webinar and in a follow-up email sent one hour after the end of the webinar. This survey must be completed in order to receive credit. AIA members will have their credit recorded within two weeks.

PLEASE NOTE: Each AIA member or IDP record holder needs to fill out their own survey individually. The survey will close 48 hours after the conclusion of the presentation.

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