CHA News Article

FGI Guidelines Require Patient Safety Risk Assessments
Updated guide offers online assessment tool

The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) has issued its 2014 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities, including requirements for psychiatric hospitals and psychiatric outpatient centers. The guidelines require hospitals to use a safety risk assessment to identify and mitigate hazards and risks – such as falls, medication errors, infections, immobility-related health outcomes, security breaches and musculoskeletal injuries – for patients, staff or visitors. To assist providers with the risk assessment process, the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems has released its Design Guide for the Built Environment of Behavioral Health Facilities Edition 6.2, which includes an online patient safety risk assessment tool to meet the FGI’s requirement. The guide identifies hundreds of resources, from door levers to security glass, that are appropriate for use in the behavioral health care setting.