The Health Guidelines Revision Committee is accepting through Oct. 31 proposals for changes to the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities, which provide minimum recommendations for new construction and renovation of U.S. health care facilities. Published by the American Hospital Association's American Society for Healthcare Engineering and updated every four years, the guidelines are adopted by The Joint Commission, some federal agencies, and many state authorities having jurisdiction for planning and design of health care facilities.
Proposals accepted for consideration in the forthcoming edition will be made available for public review and comment in the draft 2014 guidelines, scheduled for release in 2012. Included in the text open for revision is a new chapter with requirements for critical access hospitals.
For more information on proposing changes, visit www.fgiguidelines.net/proposals.