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Tuesday, December 7, 2021  |  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

What's New for 2022: Changes in the 2022 FGI Guidelines

Ellen Taylor, PhD, AIA, MBA, EDAC
Vice President for Research, The Center for Health Design
David Uhaze
Health Facility Design Consulting, NFPA, International Codes, FGI Guidelines

This discussion will provide an overview of changes to the next edition of the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction documents, scheduled for release in early 2022. The presenters will discuss key factors that influenced changes across the 2022 Guidelines documents. Topics include considerations for inclusive environments that support all populations; new clinical spaces that have the potential to reduce overcrowding in emergency departments; and a new unit for intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs for patients with behavioral and mental health diagnoses who do not require inpatient care. The presenters will discuss efforts to evaluate issues like improving access to rural health, removing barriers for childbirth centers, and providing minimum requirements for burn units. Included in the discussion will be a review of the major changes to the Residential Guidelines, with particular focus on new minimum square footages in nursing home resident rooms.


1. Discuss how changes in the 2022 Guidelines will impact the design of clinical spaces in health and residential care facilities
2. Describe the major changes that will appear in the 2022 FGI Guidelines.
3. Explain how the new behavioral health spaces in the 2022 Guidelines documents can reduce overcrowding in emergency departments.
4. State how using the 2022 Guidelines for a project can provide a safe and effective patient care environment at a reasonable cost.


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