Everyone pretty much knows what it means when you need to stay a night or two in the hospital. Most inpatient rooms are the same and you know what to expect before going in; however, many people aren’t totally sure what an outpatient room entails. They are used for different things and chances are you have already been to one without even knowing it.
If you have been in an emergency room, urgent care or radiation office, you have been in an outpatient room. This is different from your general practitioner’s office space.
The services typically performed in a setting that requires outpatient boarding are things like observation services, same day surgeries, hospital lab tests, certain drug administration, casts, x-rays and radiation services. These rooms are used for short periods of time where spending the night is not necessary. Emergency rooms are one of the best examples of an outpatient facility. If a longer stay is needed, you will be checked into an inpatient room, otherwise, you get your treatment and head out the same day.
A big distinguishing factor between inpatient and outpatient stays is the level of involvement. Outpatient stays are much less involved and typically are less expensive. It can sometimes include routine check-ups or visits to the clinic, but more often than not it includes surgical services, rehab treatments and mental health services.
Now that it is clear what exactly outpatient rooms are used for, does this mean that the storage or organization systems should be different as well? To answer that question, we should start by examining what exactly the needs are for an outpatient facility.
Nurses walk an incredibly high amount of steps per 12-hour shift, so cutting down the distance between rooms or supplies areas is important to make sure nurses are kept comfortable and productive. One way to help with that is by planning the facility with the proper amount of distance between rooms, but another way to be sure that nurses are not walking more than necessary is with the FlowCARE Nurse Server cabinets.
These allow for materials, tools and other things a nurse might need on hand to be readily available without having to leave the room. Often nurses will have to leave and go to a localized area to retrieve what they need, or even a storage closet or room. Not only can the nurse server cabinets improve patient care with quicker care, but it is easily restocked from the outside, allowing nurses to walk less and have a bit more time for productivity in other areas.
Another need for an outpatient facility is making efficient use of space. A lot of these types of organizations are not very big, so it is important to make sure that no space is wasted. This means implementing the correct storage system for your space and making some spaces multifunctional. Creating an entire space centered around your storage needs is a great way to make sure that it is fully utilized and functional.
Our emergency department is a great way to make sure that your outpatient facility has all of its needs as well as a fully utilized and functional space. It comes with storage, crash carts, casting carts, bin systems, shelving, pass-throughs and more.
When creating an outpatient facility, it is important to be thinking ahead and what the specific storage needs from that space on a daily basis. This includes central storage areas and the incorporation of nurse server cabinets. When designing around proper and functional storage, patient care increases as well as employee productivity and overall happiness.
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