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Tuesday, September 19, 2017  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

2018 Guidelines Update –Changes to Keep Pace with Clinical Practices

Douglas Erickson, FASHE, CHFM, HFDP, CHC
CEO, Facility Guidelines Institute

The FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction documents are the design standards most often employed by medical planners, designers, and owners of hospitals and outpatient facilities. Authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) in 35 states enforce some edition of the Guidelines, but even states that haven’t adopted the documents often refer to them to determine their own minimum standards.

This session highlights key changes and the factors that influenced them in the forthcoming 2018 Guidelines. Requirements have changed for recovery spaces; imaging, procedure, and operating rooms; and satellite sterile processing spaces in hospitals and outpatient facilities. Learn how these and other revisions may affect the planning and design of new construction and major renovation projects. This session will also review the Health Guidelines Revision Committee’s efforts to remove outdated requirements, clear up conflicts, and employ cost/benefit analysis in determining the final language.


1. Explain the reasoning behind changes to the design of clinical spaces in health care facilities.
2. Represent how using the updated Guidelines for a project can provide a safe and effective patient care environment at a reasonable cost.
3. Discuss how FGI is reinventing its process to more rigorously examine, balance, and document its requirements based on best available evidence.
4. Describe strategies used by FGI to develop and enhance new content for 2018.