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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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Behavioral Health Suites: Location Can Support a Safe Environment

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. Review from Last Week In last week’s article, Design Your ED to Operate Efficiently and Safely Over 24 Hours, we emphasized the relationship between an emergency department’s Walk-In Entrance and the EMS Entrance.  In summary, while you don’t want these entrances right next to each other, you also don’t want them at complete opposite ends of the department that force you to staff two completely separate locations in the middle of the […]

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Design Your ED to Operate Efficiently and Safely Over 24 Hours

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.         © 2014 Huddy HealthCare Solutions Not Always 100% Full I know it feels like it, but your ED is not always 100% full. And, if it is, you REALLY do need an ED expansion project!  There will be times over the course of a day, week, month or year, that your ED will need to “accordion down” from 100% capacity (and staffing coverage) to 75% or 50% capacity based on lower patient […]

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Who Is (Really) Designing Your ED Project?

This is a continuing series from Huddy HealthCare Solution’s ED Design Team that covers “issues to consider” in support of making your ED design project a success. A Rare Opportunity to Design Your ED Participating on your in-house ED design team may be a once-in-a-life-time opportunity. While other departments such as surgery, oncology, and birthing services, tend to get redesigned every five years, or at least that’s how it feels, the Emergency Department tends to get redesigned every 10 to 15 (or even 20!) years. So, when you get the opportunity to design your future ED you want to make […]

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Did You Just Hear Someone Say “Master Planning?”

Keep Your Ears Open! When an ED architectural project comes along you want to make sure you can deliver maximum input from a clinical perspective. You may have insights on future acuity changes, changing demographics of your patients, lean workflow concepts and physical design ideas. What you have to avoid is missing out on the early planning that establishes the size, scope and configuration of your future emergency department. And it’s amazing how many times this happens. What Happens During Master Planning? The term “master planning” applies to the work associated with defining the emergency department’s future size (number of […]

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Triage Redesign: A Comprehensive Approach

This is a continuing series from Huddy HealthCare Solution’s ED Design Team on items and issues to consider that will position your next ED design project for success. Limited Funds With limited capital available for large emergency department expansion projects, many of our clients are setting their sights on focused renovations within their EDs. If you find yourself in this same position, you want to avoid a “band-aid” project that does nothing more than just make your space look “a little better.” Now, don’t get me wrong, any aesthetic improvement to an ED is always great, but you need to […]

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