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REMINDER: Join us on 1/12 on Beyond The Basics Series: This Session is a "Disaster"

  • 1.  REMINDER: Join us on 1/12 on Beyond The Basics Series: This Session is a "Disaster"

    Posted 01-05-2021 09:34 AM
    Earn 1 AIA HSW LU | Tuesday, January 12, 2021 | 2-3 pm ET


    The Facility Guidelines Institute, using a volunteer committee of over 120 professionals in practicing in health care, has developed a White Paper on Emergency Conditions in Health and Residential Care Facilities which includes recommended additional requirements to the 2022 series of Guidelines.  This session explores the key factors that influenced the new recommendations along with an overview of what new standards are being recommended for the new Guidelines on Emergency Conditions.

    This effort addressed the need-permanent, semi-permanent, and temporary-to expand patient and resident capacity during pandemics and other manmade disasters and look at facility resiliency to withstand high winds, floods, wildfires, and other weather-related disasters. While many excellent solutions have been deployed over the years for resiliency and the past many months for COVID-19, thousands of hours have gone into coalescing lessons learned into a white paper and recommendations for a new Guidelines document that will support the treatment and care of patients, residents, visitors, and staff members during emergency conditions.  A risk assessment process and emergency condition zone maps have been added to the compliance formula of determining when elements of the recommendations need to be applied.


    After participating in this webinar attendees will:

    1. Describe how the new Guidelines for Emergency Conditions will influence future facility design to provide flexibility during a surge capacity event, whether man-made or weather related.
    2. Apply the risk assessment and zone map concept to regions and areas of the United States to determine facility resiliency and surge capacity.
    3. Explain the concepts behind and the physical attributes of alternate care sites critical to providing a satisfactory patient experience and outcome.
    4. Use the Guidelines for Emergency Conditions in the project design and delivery period to creating facilities that serve their intended purpose during man-made and weather-related events.


    Douglas S. Erickson, CEO
    Facility Guidelines Institute

    Heather B. Livingston, Director of Operations/Managing Editor
    Facility Guidelines Institute


    Gregg D. Ostrow, AIA

    Adriana Garcia
    Manager, Equipment Planning
    McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
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