Help Us Combat Burdensome Facility Guidelines

December 18, 2012

Dear Colleague,

The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) and the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society (OOSS) are requesting that member and non-member facilities provide vital input regarding the Facility Guidelines Institute's (FGI) proposed 2014 architectural guidelines for ASCs.

FGI is charged with developing standards for health care facilities, a function formerly undertaken by the American Institute of Architects.

ASCA and OOSS are concerned that some proposals being considered by FGI are unnecessarily burdensome and costly without attendant improvement in patient safety.

These include requirements that:

  • Operating rooms have a minimum size of 360 square feet;

  • Doors be at least 37 inches wide and any door used for gurney transport have a 44 inch opening;

  • A two-position sink be provided in every OR;

  • The recovery area have a dedicated staff toilet; and,

  • All staff lounges have doors that lead directly into the semi-restricted area.

While technically, the guidelines approved by FGI apply only to new facilities, regulatory authorities have been known to impose updated architectural standards on existing ASCs when centers transfer ownership or seek regulatory approvals.

We need your input immediately!

Click here to complete this survey so that we can assess the impact of the proposed FGI standards on existing ASCs and provide meaningful guidance to the FGI regarding appropriate modifications to its proposal.

Please forward this survey to an individual within your organization who can answer basic questions regarding characteristics of your operating rooms and recovery areas.

Please submit your input no later than Friday, December 28, 2012 January 18, 2013.

To review the proposed standard for Outpatient Surgery go to FGI Guidelines for Outpatient Surgery.

To review the proposed standards as they apply to Endoscopy go to FGI Guidelines for Endoscopy.

If you have any questions, please email Kara Newbury.

Thank you,

Bill Prentice
Chief Executive Officer