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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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A Nurse-Physician Leadership Partnership for Design Success

This is a continuing series from Huddy HealthCare Solution’s ED Design Team on items and issues to consider that will make your next ED design project a success. Team Together to Lead This is a continuation of last week’s article regarding why clinicians need to lead when it comes to participating on your in-house ED design team. This week I cover why the nursing leadership and physician leadership need to be on the same page from the beginning so they both can deliver the best possible design solution. While there are many constituents that will give input during the design […]

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Why Clinicians MUST Take a Leadership Role on the ED Design Team

This is a continuing series from Huddy HealthCare Solution’s ED Team on issues and design considerations for your next ED project. Success Starts with Your Willingness to Lead When it comes to ED design projects, whether those projects are small renovations, department expansions, or complete replacement EDs, there are many participants throughout the entire design and construction process. Even as an architect who designs EDs for a living, I believe that the most important participants on the design team are the clinicians that work every day in the ED. Design teams may include hospital administrators, engineering/facilities directors, architects, and engineers, […]

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Designing Safe and Secure ED Entrances

Design Considerations Series presented by Huddy HealthCare Solutions – ED Design Specialists This is a continuing series from Huddy HealthCare Solution’s ED Team on design considerations that starts today with seven issues to consider with regards to developing a safe and secure ED entry. Proper Design Can Release ED Tensions Emergency Department (ED) patient volumes are increasing and pressures are mounting on EDs across the U.S. The Emergency Nurses Association (US) compiled a report that studied a period from 2009 to 2011 that found that over a typical seven-day, 40-hour work week, 12% of the nurses reported experiencing physical violence […]

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