In a surgical emergency, reaction time is critical. Poorly arranged equipment requiring long walks can be dangerous for staff and patients. That’s why patient, personnel, and instrument flow must be subject to intensive analysis.
A well-arranged department ensures that sterile instruments and materials can be quickly and easily accessed, with a minimum number of steps. By establishing an efficient workflow for each discipline and workspace, rooms can be designed thoughtfully, efficiently, and cost-effectively.
Intelligent, forward-thinking planning from Getinge delivers scalable, cost-effective OR departments that will continue to meet your needs for years to come.
Caregivers have the biggest impact on the wellbeing of the patient, with every warm word, every smile and every minute they can spare. This is especially true in the ICU, a high-stress environment for patients, families, and healthcare professionals alike.
While studies show that outcomes improve when the nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:1.5 or better, most hospitals still require ICU nurses to care for multiple patients at once. Effective care requires a smart design in a layout that keeps patients close and accessible.
The strategic use of glass improves visibility from a central station, and enhances the nurses’ ability to observe all their patients from anywhere in the department. Yet this area must also strike a balance between caregiver visibility, and protecting patient privacy as visitors pass through the department.
A well-designed ICU improves accessibility of work areas, storage, central stations, and patient rooms. This efficient design can streamline workflows, reduce fatigue, and enhance nurses’ effectiveness for better patient care.
The CSSD plays a critical role in patient health. The efficient processing of contaminated material ensures that a steady supply of sterile instruments is ready, when and where they’re needed — without putting patients at risk of complications from hospital-acquired infections.
Getinge is the expert of creating a seamless workflow of instrument reprocessing. We can help you develop the most efficient and cost-effective workflow to streamline the process from the moment the instruments have been used, to the moment when they are safe and ready to be used again.
The recommended CSSD design will include three zones and two barriers to prevent cross-contamination. The zones are separated by pass-through washer-disinfectors and sterilizers to ensure clear separation from soiled, clean and sterile zones. Our architects can create an optimal solution which will benefit your facility for years to come — no matter the size of your hospital. This not only assures hygiene safety and maximum productivity, but also makes a better workplace for the staff.
Adjacent to the working areas are the supporting areas – staff and technical areas which will also be taken into consideration in the workflow planning.
Getinge also designs layouts for other types of sterile departments, including:
Theater Sterile Supply Units (TSSU)
Endoscopy reprocessing units
Smaller units for dental clinics, mobile containers or other lower-volume facilities