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On a four-year cycle, the FGI Guidelines document is revised with its next edition set to be released in January 2022. With the new FGI 2022 Guidelines, quite a number of changes have taken place within the Emergency Department chapter. Separate task groups were established to work on the new edition and the Emergency Department was thoroughly reviewed.
A number of new spaces have been included for the first time: The low-acuity treatment area designed for "vertical" or recliner-centric type patients; the behavioral and mental health treatment room for behavioral and mental health patients who also require medical examination and treatment; the flexible secure treatment room intended to clarify the flexing of the secure holding room to be an examination position when not in use for behavioral and mental health patients.
Some significant additions and revisions to front end arrival and security of the emergency department, and a full rewriting of the decontamination section to include minimum requirements for interior room and exterior structures.
NBBJ, Principal & Senior Medical Planner & Steering Committee Member, FGI 2022 Edition
Senior Medical Planner, HOK
AIA, LEED APManaging Principal, HDR