Medical Construction & Design

JUL-AUG 2015

Medical Construction & Design (MCD) is the industry's leading source for news and information and reaches all disciplines involved in the healthcare construction and design process.

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REDUCING RISKS BY JOHN D. MAURER Knowing what guidelines dictate the design of health- care facilities can sometimes be bewildering. This confusion often stems from the multiple sets of potentially applicable codes and guidelines that ar- chitects, designers and facility professionals must adhere to. A lack of understanding about the applicable guidelines is not to be taken lightly. It could be fi nancially dif cult for an organization if the facil- ity isn't designed according to its needs and functions and requires a retrofi t. The key to success is knowing which guidelines are applicable to the facility's location and type of population served. To ensure the proper guidelines are being followed, it is important to check with the state and local entities in which the facility will be built. The applicable guide- lines include those of the healthcare organization's accrediting agency, such as The Joint Commission. In addition, many states have their own guidelines and com- monly follow the International Building Code, which is not of cially recognized by The Joint Commission. There are numerous other potentially A JOINT COMMISSION FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY CODE UPDATE Alphaspirit/ 52 Medical Construction & Design | J U LY/AUGUST 2015 | MCDM AG.COM

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