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Safety risk assessment toolkit

February 3, 2015
by James M. Hunt, AIA
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Safety Risk Assessments are now required for all health care facility projects, according to the 2014 Edition of the FGI Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities.  The Center for Health Design (CHD) is completing a three year Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) grant project to develop a comprehensive proactive Safety Risk Assessment Toolkit for facility design.  This toolkit will be introduced during a Preconference Program of the Planning Design and Construction (PDC) Summit in San Antonio, Texas.

CHD will be conducting a collaborative workshop from 8 AM to 4 PM on Sunday, March 15, 2015 (additional fee required).  The workshop will explore the benefits of using the toolkit as well as how to engage a multi-disciplinary team for the process of planning projects.  Participants will have the opportunity to work in teams and use the tool in a project context.  This process should mitigate the underlying conditions that create risk in completed projects.  There will also be two concurrent sessions addressing the SRA Toolkit included during the PDC Summit program.

In addition to the Behavioral Health injury module, the SRA Toolkit includes modules for studying Patient Handling, Falls, Security, Hospital Acquired Infections and Medication Safety.  These can be used separately or in combinations as needed by the facility to allow a comprehensive assessment.

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James M. Hunt, AIA, is a practicing architect and facility management professional with over 40...