Draft of 2014 FGI Guidelines Open For Public Comment
Friday, October 19, 2012
Posted by: Colleen Kucera
October 19, 2012 [Glendale HEights, IL]IAHSS Members Team Up with Healthcare Industry
Professionals to Revise 2010 Edition of FGI Guidelines
A multidisciplinary body of healthcare industry professionals including designers, clinicians, facility managers and administrators, and authorities have teamed up to revise and update the 2010 edition of the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) Guidelines for Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities. Every four years, these Guidelines are updated to keep pace with the emerging concepts, capabilities, and technologies in the delivery of healthcare.
Because of their expertise and leadership in the field, IAHSS members Kevin Tuohey, executive director of Boston University’s Research Compliance, and Thomas Smith, CHPA, CPP, director of Hospital Police and Transportation at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC, were selected to join the Health Guidelines Revision Committee (HGRC) to assist with the development of the revised document. Tuohey and Smith worked alongside 120 other professionals during this development phase.
The FGI Guidelines are used by healthcare providers and design professionals who are planning new or renovated health facility construction. Authorities in 42 states, several federal agencies, and the Joint Commission utilize these Guidelines as a reference code or standard for construction approval and licensure of healthcare facilities.
The draft of the 2014 FGI Guidelines is now open for public comment, calling upon interested parties to provide recommendations for new construction and renovation of healthcare facilities. The public comment period closes November 22, 2012. Smith, who also acted as
the chairman of the IAHSS Healthcare Security Design Guidelines Task Force, encourages industry and IAHSS members to participate by electronically submitting comments at www.fgiguidelines.org. “It is very important for our members and interested parties including architects, interior designers, medical professionals and healthcare administrators to contribute to this revision process,” says Smith. Among the proposed changes for the 2014 Guidelines include several new risk assessments, updated commissioning guidance, staff nap rooms in hospitals, and medication safety zones.
The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) is the only organization solely dedicated to professionals involved in managing and directing security and safety programs in healthcare institutions. Training and credentialing are the hallmarks of the organization, which offers certification programs for all levels of security personnel. With over 2,000 members worldwide, IAHSS provides members with a useful network of professional peers who share their commitment to security and safety.
“Leading excellence in healthcare security, safety and emergency management”