Finally, who is human centered design for? It is important for patients and their family members to feel comfortable in a hospital setting; however, it is also important for the professionals to be comfortable working in these hospitals. First, we spoke about what human-centered design is and why it is important in the healthcare field. Second, we spoke about how to implement human-centered design in healthcare settings.
The answer is no, human-centered design is an element that is not only made for patients. While patients are a very important part of a hospital, they are not the only people who spend a significant amount of time in the hospital. Healthcare architecture must keep evolving so they can contribute to new efficiencies that is required of today’s care delivery models. The health facilities of the past can no longer be the standard of today!
A nurse and a physician will need a facility that is easy to navigate through. They need proper storage units that allow for them to find their needed items. A nurse walks about three to five miles per a 10- to 12-hour shift! This is because they are running to get x-rays, to the pharmacy, and treating their patients. A better design would give the nurses the possibility of walking less from area to area. A physician will need their own space to follow through with viewing x-rays, meeting patients and family members, and get through their daily paperwork on each patient. Often times, nurses and physicians are becoming burned out because of the demands of their jobs and the stale and stagnant hospital designs.
Other hospital staff who would benefit from human-centered designs are the support team. This can include the cooks, janitors, administrators, and others. This is because at the end of the day when the patients, families, physicians and nurses all go home, the support team are the ones left.
FlowCARE allows nurses and physicians to walk less. This is because much of what they need is within ten feet of the patient at all times. This also makes it easier for support staff to re-organize, take care of needed items, and restock efficiently.
Furthermore, a single medication error can cause a facility up to hundred of thousands of dollars. On a larger scale, medical errors can cost up to $1 trillion annually! The most important part of all of this is that it is preventable and can save lives. Medication errors are the third cause of death in the United States! Many medications errors are the result of improper storage. FlowCARE can help with this problem. FlowCARE can store a patient's medication in a storage unit specific to each patient. This means all the medications a single patient needs are securely located in their room. This gives each patient’s medications to be stored securely in their private rooms, and leaves less opportunity to give the patient the wrong dose or medication.
Overall, having supplies readily on hand keeps physicians and nurses focused on patient care. In-room storage limits waste time, which ultimately, could save someone’s life. It reduces the need to hunt and gather supplies from other rooms and areas. While storage is important to have in the room, it also needs to be the right size. This way extra items and materials are not being added into the mix, which defeats the purpose of the storage unit itself. This is why Moduflex, LLC, is so important for healthcare professionals.
Moduflex, LLC, was made with healthcare professionals in mind! Our storage units can be custom made to accommodate to any size needed. We can install the units for you or you can have another trained professional install them. We are with you through the whole process from the beginning to the end and make sure once it is installed that it fits your exact needs. For more information, contact us today!
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