Nearly every architectural project I’ve been involved with to renovate, expand, or upgrade an emergency department (and there have been more than 300 of them) has considered the safety of the patient, staff, physicians, and other providers during the design process.

However, these architectural projects have had long gestation periods: it can take years for an organization to consider a project, work with an architect to define the project scope, solidify a budget, and gain organizational approval. Then once the project is approved, another year or more is needed for design, then more time for state approval of the design. And more years can pass before the complicated construction phases are completed (to keep the department operational during renovations) so that everyone can finally experience the benefits of a newly designed, safe department.

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Design Considerations for a Safer ED