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Streamlining Patient Care Processes through Flexible Room and Equipment Design

Gallant, Dennis BSID; Lanning, Karen BSN, RN

Critical Care Nursing Quarterly: November 2001 - Volume 24 - Issue 3 - p 59–76
Planning and Design in Critical Care

Hospitals are planning and designing new environments to accommodate a greater concentration of critically ill patients and to permit the installation of sophisticated technology required for the care of this high-acuity population. A serious nursing shortage, customer demands for privacy and personal amenities, and cost constraints pose numerous problems in planning and design processes. The flexible, acuity-adaptable room concept has been introduced as a platform for changing care processes to achieve a cost-effective care model that fosters nursing efficiency and increased customer satisfaction.

Hill-Rom Company, Batesville, Indiana

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