Medical equipment planning and layout design are one of the trickiest parts within the hospital design process and as such demand a thorough consideration of all aspects.
Each clinical space is woven around how clinicians interact with the space, equipment and the patients. It takes into account the universal principles of infection control, general hygiene and ease of maintenance and cleaning. This is the common sense stuff with things like locating wash hand basins near the entrance to remind medical staff to wash hands before and after interacting with the patients.
Medical equipment, fittings and fixtures layout follows the work flow and must separate the “dirty” and “clean” zones.
Departmental adjacencies, patient, visitors, staff flow, patient experience, compliance, sustainability, form and function, safety, future flexibility are just a few things that need considered during design, build, maintain and replace process.
Height of hospital equipment, shelving and layout should allow easy access to hospital staff of an average height. The same goes for all diagnostic units, which should be suitably adjustable to cater to all heights/sizes of patients.
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Harry McQue is a hospital Design & Equipment Manager with Masters degrees in business management and information technology. Harry has 20+ years of international experience ranging from working on hospital projects in Dubai (Middle East) to over £1 Billion hospital projects in the UK & Europe. You can benefit from his experience at: www.hospitaldesigntips.wordpress.com. If you have current or upcoming projects big or small or topics that you would like his advice on, you can get in touch on Harry_Mcque@HospitalDesignTips.com
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