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Monday, October 8, 2018  |  1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

The 2018 Guidelines: What You Need to Know

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

FGI's Guidelines for Design and Construction documents are the design standards most often employed by medical planners, designers, and owners of hospitals; outpatient facilities; and residential health, care, and support facilities. AHJs in 38 states enforce some edition of the Guidelines—with many states adopting the new edition upon its release. However, even states that haven’t officially adopted the Guidelines often refer to its requirements to help determine their own minimum standards. This session will highlight the key factors that influenced changes to the 2018 Guidelines, including the decision to separate hospital and outpatient facility requirements to better address the unique needs of these facilities, minimize costs, and encourage flexibility of use. The presenter will address new sections of text and provide an overview of changes to requirements for recovery spaces; imaging, examination, procedure, and operating rooms; and satellite sterile processing spaces.



1. Explain how changes in the 2018 Guidelines will impact the design of clinical spaces in health and residential care facilities.
2. Apply the new classification system for imaging rooms and examination, procedure, and operating room.
3. Explain the impetus and methodology for revisions to the 2018 Guidelines, including creation of the new outpatient document.
4. Represent how using the updated Guidelines for a project can provide a safer and more effective patient care environment at a reasonable cost.

SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH