The Facility Guidelines Institute has released the 2018 Guidelines for Design and Construction. The 2018 edition introduces the new Outpatient Guidelines document, which addresses a wide variety of outpatient facility projects. It was conceived to meet the needs of the U.S. healthcare industry and address the evolving nature of outpatient facilities.
Changes to the Hospital Guidelines clarify requirements and allow flexibility in some designs to support development of facilities that will be functional over the long term. Key changes affect:
Clinical telemedicine spaces
Accommodations for patients of size
Examination, procedure, operating and imaging rooms
The 2018 Residential Guidelines refines requirements and provides guidance for two additional facility types: