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Emergency Department Design Building Blocks Series: The Nurse Station

Emergency Department Design Building Blocks Series: The Nurse Station Presented by Huddy HealthCare Solutions – ED Design Specialists This is a continuing series from Huddy HealthCare Solution’s ED Design Team on various components that may be designed in your new or renovated emergency department project. THE NURSE STATION Jon Huddy, AIA, NCARB, MArch, BA President and Senior ED Designer Huddy HealthCare Solutions – ED Design Team While bedside charting with in-room computers or hand-held tablets is the future for emergency care documentation, the need to design a “home base” for staff still revolves around designing a “nurse station of the […]

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Building Blocks of ED Design – Patient Exam Room

Emergency Department Design Building Blocks Series: The Patient Treatment Room Presented by Huddy HealthCare Solutions – ED Design Specialists This is a continuing series from Huddy HealthCare Solution’s ED Design Team on various components that may be designed in your new or renovated emergency department project. THE PATIENT TREATMENT ROOM Every emergency department design will revolve around the basic building block of the patient care room. My first recommendation is to attempt to design a “universal exam room” that can treat any type of patient. Fight the need to develop special room; for example: suture rooms, orthopedic rooms, ENT rooms, […]

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ED Design: Analyzing Current Conditions and Prioritizing Design Needs

This is one of a series of articles by Jon Huddy, ED architect and author of ACEP’s ED design book, offering insights to you as an ED physician leader on how to position your emergency department for architectural design success.  This article focuses on the components to analyze, prioritize and consider for your ED design project to assist you in prioritizing future needs. Never Enough Money Almost every one of the 300 ED design projects that I have completed has started with a discussion regarding “what is working and what is not working in your current ED?”   Almost every time […]

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ED Design Project: A Square Foot of New Construction May Not Mean A New Square Foot of ED Space

This is the third article in a series by Jon Huddy, ED architect and author of ACEP’s ED design book, offering insights to you as an ED physician leader on how to position your emergency department for architectural design success.  The previous articles focused on how and why you need to position yourself to be placed on key committees that will make early, impactful decisions on your potential ED project.   This article focuses on the numerous ways “square footage” is calculated to quantify space so that you are clear on “what your ED is gaining” with a proposed ED design […]

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Participating Early May Save Your ED Design Project

This is the second article in a series by Jon Huddy, ED architect and author of ACEP’s ED design book, offering insights to you as an ED physician leader on how to position your emergency department for architectural design success.  The previous article focused on positioning yourself to be placed on key committees that will be making impactful decisions on your potential ED project.   This article focuses on the three major components of priorities, scope and budget that will impact your future ED design for the next 20 years. Early Meetings Let’s assume that you have positioned the ED to […]

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How Do You Position Your ED for Design Success as an ED Physician Leader?

This is the first in a series of articles by Jon Huddy, author of ACEP’s ED design book, offering insights to ED physician leaders on how to position your emergency department for architectural design success.  The great 20th century philosopher, Mick Jagger, once said “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.”  So why is it that no matter how hard some physician-led in-house design teams “try,” their final ED projects don’t deliver what they “need?”    I recommend three initial steps to “get what you need” and […]

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Experience Your ED Design Before The Contractors Build It

This is a continuing series from Huddy HealthCare Solution’s ED Design Team that covers “issues to consider” in support of making your next ED design project a success.   Full Scale Mock-Ups If you have the chance to experience your design decisions in three-dimensions before you authorize the design to be constructed you should jump at that chance.  While 3-D drawings are fine and colored renderings always look great as images up on a slide screen, nothing beats the possibility of actually walking through your design in person before you finalize the design. And while “computerized videos” of your design […]

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Seek Innovation: Multi-Generational Design Teams

This is a continuing series from Huddy HealthCare Solution’s ED Design Team that covers “issues to consider” in support of making your next ED design project a success. Seek Innovation The opportunity to re-design your existing emergency department doesn’t come along very often.  And, if you get the chance to design a completely new emergency department in either a new location on your campus or as part of a new hospital design, well,  that opportunity is even more infrequent.  So whether you are renovating your ED or building a completely new ED, you want to seek out as many innovative […]

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