A new edition of the Behavioral Health Design Guide has been published and is available for download here, Design Guide 9.0 – November. 2019. This is edition marks the twenty-third revision of this white paper that was originally posted in 2003. It is available free of charge via download as a service to the industry in an attempt to provide current information regarding products and philosophies that are better for use in psychiatric hospitals and behavioral health facilities.
We have the privilege of sharing the duties of authoring this document with David Sine, the president of Safety Logic Systems. It is a compilation of our combined one-hundred years of experience in designing, facility management and risk management and operation of these facilities. We are also aided by many individuals active in the field with their comments regarding what does (and doesn’t) enhance patient and staff safety in these facilities.
This edition contains extensive revisions to the Construction and Materials Considerations which now provides a Baseline considerations section that establishes the authors’ understanding of the basic requirements for inpatient adult behavioral health facilities. The individual sections for the various levels then explain how these considerations for each level need to vary from the Baseline. This format will allow expansion of this paper to include other types of patient populations as well as emergency department considerations in future editions. This expansion has been requested by many readers over the years and we look forward to being able to include those types of facilities as we continue to try to make this document more useful to its readers.
Readers viewing this electronically may now simply click on an item in the Table of Contents or Appendix Index and be taken immediately to that location. Website addresses are also interactive in that clicking on them will take readers directly to the selected company’s website.
The Hunt-Sine Patient Safety Risk Assessment tool is contained in this document its use is explained starting on page 11.
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