As previously reported in this column, the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) is accepting comments through Nov. 22 on the draft 2014 edition of its Guidelines for Design and Construction 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. Health care architects, consulting engineers, administrators, facility managers, interior designers and other interested parties are invited to submit comments, which will be reviewed by the 129-member Health Guidelines Revision Committee. The American Society for Healthcare Engineering publishes the Guidelines under contract with FGI.

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