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Review and comment on draft 2018 FGI Guidelines

  • 1.  Review and comment on draft 2018 FGI Guidelines

    Posted 11-07-2016 02:44 PM

    The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) invites users of the FGI Guidelines to comment on its draft 2018 documents, now posted for public review. Input from the field is critical to revising the Guidelines documents, which provide fundamental standards for design and construction of hospitals, outpatient facilities, and residential health, care, and support facilities.
    The 2018 Guidelines revision cycle will yield three Guidelines documents—for hospitals, for outpatient facilities, and for residential health, care, and support facilities. Therefore, three drafts have been created as well as an electronic comment system for each book. To learn more about the comment period, to access the draft, and to link to the three comment systems, please visit the FGI website. The following are some of the changes proposed for the documents:
    Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities

    • New guidance on design of telemedicine spaces
    • New design requirements for accommodations for care of patients of size
    • Clarification of procedure room and operating room requirements: procedure types, facility types, hybrid ORs
    • New classification structure based on procedures performed and patient acuity for determining imaging room requirements
    • New flexibility in pre- and post-procedure patient care area design requirements
    • Two options for sterile processing area design: two required rooms (decontamination and clean) with an exception for a single room for small tabletop sterilizers
    • New design requirements for a sexual assault forensic examination room
    • Revised mobile/transportable medical unit chapter
    • Updated acoustics requirements
    • Expanded sustainability requirements re: waste minimization, potable water, and energy efficiency
    • Revised guidance for emergency preparedness and management (formerly provisions for disasters)

    Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities

    • Updated acoustics and lighting requirements
    • Updated minimum requirements for grab bar configurations to align with the latest research
    • New chapter on settings for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities
    • New chapter on long-term residential substance abuse treatment facilities
    • New telemedicine section to address the increasing provision of telemedicine services in residential facilities
    • Language shift from “bariatric resident” to “person of size” since people who need accommodations include those who are not necessarily obese or receiving treatment for obesity, such as very tall people

    Commenters are asked to provide their take on the costs and benefits of any changes to the draft text they submit, using an optional cost/benefit comment box and a required cost/benefit matrix provided in the comment systems. The FGI Cost/Benefit Committee will review all comments and make recommendations to the HGRC.

    Please submit your comments by December 12, 2016. Questions? Email

    Isabella Rosse
    Specialist, Knowledge Communities
    The American Institute of Architects
    Washington DC