Healthcare Facility Planning 2010-11

OSU Medical Campus Hospital Exploratory Exercise

Nathalie J Siegel, AAIA, LEED AP BD+C was hired to sub-consult with a consultant firm in Columbus, Ohio to create an operational workflow presentation.  She applied Evidence Based Design approaches to this exercise in order to test its limits and to attempt to push the healthcare discipline forward. 

Evidence Based Design Scope: Lean approach for standardizing decision-making in operational work.

Service Areas per Patient Room:

                               EVS (storage for trash carts)

                               AGV (carts for chemo, incinerator for non-hazardous & recycled, dock for pick-up)

                               Soiled Linen (laundry chute for garments and linens)

Responsibilities: Graphic analysis of 3 staff members cleaning during routine, discharge and isolation scenarios.  Evaluate client needs with staff duties of cleaning supply carts and dropping off linen/waste into appropriate service areas.  Research recommended on environmental products and its specs. Integrate “best management practices” of products into CAD. Compare “baseline” vs. “forecast” place-making of Healthcare FF&E products.

A color coding system was set up to show which cleaning products were needed for patient rooms and storage areas.  An in-depth study of all product specifications was researched by setting up spreadsheets.  Enlarged floor plans and interior elevations were used via color coding to show what was required to accommodate for a more environmental approach.

Preliminary Explorations: Weeks of exploring, site visits and creating specification spreadsheets 

Final Presentation: Study how staff workers routinely clean out patient rooms according to time, traffic and scheduling.

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