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.
HFM Daily offers blog coverage by the award-winning HFM editorial team and links to in-depth information on health care design, construction, engineering, environmental services, operations and technology. You can read HFM Daily stories on this page or subscribe to Health Facilities Management This Week for a Friday roundup of the week's posts.