Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities

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2014 Edition
Read about the 2014 FGI Guidelines, check the facility types included in the table of contents, and review a summary of the major additions and revisions.
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Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities

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2014 Edition
Learn more about FGI's new standard for nursing homes; hospice, assisted living, and adult day care facilities; independent living settings; wellness centers; and outpatient rehab centers.
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Two New Articles Added to the 2014 FGI Guidelines Update Series

The Facility Guidelines Institute is producing a series of articles on major changes and new material the 2014 edition of the FGI Guidelines documents to help users learn more about changes to the content of the standard. So far, four articles are available on topics in the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities. Visit this page under the Resources tab to read an introduction to the series and to access PDFs of the articles.

The 2014 FGI Guidelines Published as Two Documents

For its 2014 edition of the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities, the Facility Guidelines Institute has published two documents: the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities and the new Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities. Both documents are available in print book and e-book versions. See the FGI Store page for details.

To learn more about the Hospital and Outpatient Guidelines, read the publication announcement, the Major Additions and Revisions essay on the 2014 Hospital/Outpatient page, and the essays in the FGI Update series.

For information on the new Residential Guidelines and the reasons behind its development, read a press release announcing its publication, an explanation of how it was developed, or details about its content.

About the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction Documents

The Guidelines documents began as General Standards published in the Federal Register on February 14, 1947, as part of the implementing regulations for the Hill-Burton program. Updated from time to time, with public participation beginning in 1974, the document covered only design and construction of hospitals until nursing homes were added in the 1980s. The Facility Guidelines Institute was founded in 1998 to formalize the revision process and ensure the Guidelines is reviewed and revised on a regular cycle with a consensus process carried out by a multidisciplinary group of experts from the federal, state, and private sectors. Beginning with the 2014 edition of the Guidelines for Design and Construction, FGI will publish two standards: one for hospitals and outpatient facilities and one for residential health, care, and related support facilities. (For more history of the Guidelines process, read the About This Document section from the 2014 Hospital and Outpatient Guidelines document. Also see the About page on the FGI website.)

The FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities recommends minimum program, space, risk assessment, infection prevention, architectural detail, and surface and furnishing needs for clinical and support areas of hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, and ambulatory care facilities. The document also addresses minimum engineering design criteria for plumbing, electrical, and heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, the latter by incorporating ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170: Ventilation of Health Care Facilities. The Joint Commission, many federal agencies, and authorities in 42 states use the Guidelines either as a code or a reference standard when reviewing, approving, and financing plans; surveying, licensing, certifying, or accrediting newly constructed facilities; or developing their own codes.

The FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities recommends minimum program, space, risk assessment, architectural detail, and surface and furnishing needs for nursing homes, hospice facilities, independent and assisted living facilities, and related non-residential support facilities, including wellness centers, day care facilities, and rehabilitation centers. The document also addresses minimum engineering design criteria for plumbing, electrical, and heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. Read about development of this document here.