How to Improve Productivity With Design

How to Improve Productivity With Design

  • Posted On : 6/27/2018 6:00 AM

Often times, there is so much conversation about patients in hospitals. Yes, patient satisfaction, patient disruption, patient comfort, and other factors are important, but what about the people who work in the hospitals?

The nurses, physicians, and specialists who are using the hospital to treat their patients can have a tough job.  A healthcare professional’s job requires direct patient care, communication, access to technology, re-stocking, and so much more.

A result of hospital design is these healthcare professionals getting frustrated because of the layout. These are three things for architects to remember when designing a hospital:

1. Keep It Simple and Efficient 

A hospital design can kill efficiency because of the layout. A simple task could take even longer because of the design. In critical moments of care, the only thing that matters is having the needed items on hand and being able to do everything quickly.

A common method that can be utilized to help make the layout as efficient as possible is with patient flow.  Patient flow is the movement of patients through a healthcare facility.

Patient flow can cause adverse healthcare outcomes for patients and readmission rates to skyrocket.

A common way to help patient flow is making sure the patient can easily get from point A to B and maybe even C without much hassle. This helps the nurse to reach the patient easier.

Another design method that helps is having a decentralized nurse server in the area.  This would be instead of a central location for supplies make it even easier for nurses to have all their needed items in one place, outside the patient room.

2. The More Convenient, The Better

The design of the patient room is one of the most important parts of hospital design for both nurses and their patients. This is because a nurse needs to be able to get to patients quickly and as easily as possible.

The best outcome is to arrange the room so all supplies and medical devices can be grabbed quickly.

A well-organized and well-stocked patient room can help with productivity, efficiency, and help healthcare professionals be faster. This allows nurses to connect better with their patients, which will help their overall health and patient satisfaction.

3. Each Department Needs Their Space

In Nebraska, it cost a hospital $1,937 for a patient room per hospital. This changes on state and federal levels.  

Now take this number and add it by 10 times more. That is a lot of money!

So, the smaller, the better, when it comes to designing for specialties such as Neurology, Physical Therapy, and other divisions.

At the end of the day, healthcare design in a hospital setting matters. It increases nurses’ productivity and provides so many other benefits!

Read our blog on “Evidence Based Design in Healthcare Facilities,” to learn more about the benefits of design in hospitals.


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