In 2006 the Facility Guidelines Institute introduced the requirement that all hospital patient rooms be designed for single-patient use. Ten years later, the requirement is standard practice and other countries have adopted versions of the requirement. With a recent focus on the high cost of construction and limited capital resources in the United States, should FGI revisit this mandate? Researchers will present what they learned from a study of the implementation of the single-patient room as a minimum requirement.
Discuss how FGI is striving to use research to inform their Guidelines.
Describe variations in patient outcomes from the use of single-patient rooms across health care settings and countries.
Recognize what gaps exist across the studies of single-patient rooms.
Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of single-patient rooms for patients, staff, and family and visitors.