HQCA contributes to the Canadian Health Care Facilities standard

Posted Sep 28, 2018

Simulation-based mock-up evaluation

The Health Quality Council of Alberta is helping to plan the hospitals of the future. We have contributed to the new CSA Z8000 Standard for planning and design for new healthcare facilities in Canada.

CSA-Z8000 is a publication of the National Standard of Canada for Canadian Health Care Facilities. This standard was revised and the second edition was published in 2018, with the HQCA participating in a sub-committee for the revisions. The latest revision includes new and updated information on mock-ups and simulation as part of planning and design. It specifically adopted and lists the six principles identified in the HQCA’s Simulation-Based Mock-up Evaluation Framework , and references the framework as a publicly available document which describes how to plan, design, and evaluate mock-ups as part of a health care facility design process.

The Simulation-based Mock-up Evaluation Framework is a world-recognized approach to improve healthcare environment design. The framework outlines an approach to using data from mock-up environments for improved environment design that in turn improves patient safety, staff efficiency, and user experience.  The framework is referenced in provincial hospital design standards/guidelines developed by Alberta Health, Alberta Infrastructure, and Alberta Health Services.