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The FGI Guidelines for Emergency Conditions Comment Period

BACKGROUND: The FGI Guidelines documents provide fundamental, or baseline, requirements for the design and construction of included facility types, recommending minimum program, space, and equipment needs for clinical and support areas of hospitals, numerous outpatient facility types, and rehabilitation facilities as well as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospice facilities, independent living settings, adult day care facilities, and wellness centers. The documents also address minimum engineering design criteria for plumbing, electrical, and heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. The Joint Commission, many federal agencies, and state authorities having jurisdiction use the Guidelines either as a code or a reference standard when reviewing, approving, and financing facility project plans; surveying, licensing, certifying, or accrediting newly constructed facilities; or developing their own codes.

INVITATION: To contribute to the development of the FGI emergency conditions guidelines, members of the public, particularly interested professionals in the health care and long-term care industries (clinicians, caregivers, administrators, facility managers, and design professionals) and AHJs who use the document in the field, are invited to submit comments on the draft Guidelines for Emergency Conditions in Health and Residential Care Facilities.

To participate in the comment period, please create a profile on this Web page by clicking "Register Now!" in the red box at the top of this page. Once you have registered, you will be able to log in to submit comments and to review and contribute your opinions on comments submitted by others.

To access the draft emergency conditions guidelines, visit this page on the Facility Guidelines Institute website to download the FGI white paper Guidance for Designing Health and Residential Care Facilities that Respond and Adapt to Emergency Conditions. The draft emergency conditions guidelines can be found in the last section of the white paper. Questions may be addressed to info@fgiguidelines.org.