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Join us on 11/9 on Beyond The Basics Series: FGI 2022 Edition: Changes Coming to the Emergency Department (AIAU)

  • 1.  Join us on 11/9 on Beyond The Basics Series: FGI 2022 Edition: Changes Coming to the Emergency Department (AIAU)

    Posted 10-29-2021 11:56 AM

    Earn 1 AIA HSW LU | Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 2-3 pm ET


    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.

    Learning objectives

    • Describe the major revisions the Emergency Department chapter has undergone for the FGI 2022 Edition document.
    • Discuss the need for the new low-acuity treatment area being included in the FGI 2022 Edition document.
    • Explain the benefits of the additional types of spaces to treat behavior and mental health patients.
    • Understand the concept and requirements for Behavioral Health Crisis Units.


    Bryan Langlands


    NBBJ, Principal & Senior Medical Planner & Steering Committee Member, FGI 2022 Edition

    Virginia Pankey


    Senior Medical Planner, HOK


    Yvonne Nagy

    Managing Principal, HDR

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