Volume 2: Designing Emergency Departments that Improve Staff Productivity
Optimal Design Approach
Following the enlightening information provided in the first volume of this series of Efficiency and Productivity Studies, the obvious question remains, “What would a highly efficient and productive Emergency Department look like?” In VOLUME. 02 of this series, TEG will provide some insights to help you and our team answer that question in the context of your specific clinical and community needs.
Each hospital is different from the next, thus one Emergency Department design does not fit all. Appropriate departmental design is always influenced, shaped, programmed, and ultimately designed and staffed by the patient needs, patient volumes, clinical specialties, etc.; thus, the example and analysis in VOLUME. 02 is simply that, an example.
Using the Productivity Enhancing Design Guidelines found in Section Six of Efficient Design+Productive Care VOLUME. 01, TEG has prepared hypothetical Emergency Department Schemes A, B, C, and D that are illustrated and analyzed herein.
The hypothetical Emergency Department designs are intended to illustrate the efficiencies of a community-focused emergency care department, as well as a larger scheme to illustrate a department with capacity enough to be considered a regional emergency center.
TEG is very pleased to add to the evidence-based design (EBD) resources for health care planning and design. All strategies that improve patient care and allow health care providers to compete in today’s ever-changing and competitive environment are worth considering. We hope you will consider the ideas outlined in this volume and consider TEG as your facility-design partner, with an owner’s perspective.