What's New in the Fourth Edition?

The SpaceMed Guide has undergone a significant update for 2022. The workbook and space planning templates have been reorganized, and some facility components have been realigned to reflect changing technology and medical practice. All the same functional areas found in acute care hospitals, ambulatory care, and specialty facilities are still found in one of the SpaceMed Guide's fifteen new sections. The format and layout of the workbook sections are the same with the addition of new guidance on planning healthcare facilities during times of uncertainty and achieving future flexibility and adaptability.

Alignment with the 2022 FGI Guidelines. The fourth edition of the SpaceMed Guide aligns with the Facilities Guidelines Institute's newest Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Guidelines for Design and Construction of Outpatient Facilities — referred to as the FGI Guidelines.

Common themes include — planning during times of uncertainty, the impact of telemedicine on facility capacity, the increasing use of imaging across all medical specialties, the rapid evolution of automation and robotics, and the need for flexible, multiuse space.

Updated introductory sections. Information on current facility planning issues, the planning process, and developing a functional program has been updated. In addition, new guidance on space planning to support emergency response has been included — particularly for creating surge capacity.

Updated current trends, key planning issues, and space planning templates for all fifteen sections of the SpaceMed Guide. The fourth edition of the SpaceMed Guide incorporates the following themes throughout the workbook — planning during times of uncertainty, the impact of telemedicine on facility capacity, the increasing use of diagnostic and therapeutic imaging across all medical specialties, the rapid evolution of automation and robotics, and the need for flexible, multiuse space.

New guidance on space planning to support emergency response has been included, particularly for creating surge capacity.

Most workbook sections have been substantially rewritten to reflect changing technology and medical practice. Some specific changes include: