In today’s hospitals, flex space means better, timely care. Flex space is important in today’s hospitals because it allows for increased efficiency, cost savings, and improved patient care. Flex space allows hospitals to quickly expand capacity and respond to changing needs, as well as create space for new technology and services. Additionally, it allows for better organization of existing services and more efficient use of resources. By being more flexible, hospitals can deliver better, more timely care to patients while also saving money.
New and ever-changing technology has changed how hospital rooms look and function. The speed at which technology advances means healthcare designers must design patient rooms with modern equipment in mind. Beyond that, thinking ahead and planning for future technology needs is also truly important. With the future unknown, adaptability is key.
Adaptable Patient Rooms
Healthcare architects and designers have a great opportunity to create an environment that efficiently and aesthetically meets the needs of both patients and staff today and in the future. To do so, they need to create adaptable patient rooms.
Adaptable Patient Room Minimum Requirements
The minimum height requirement for an adaptable patient room is a 16 ft floor-to-ceiling. This allows clearance for mobile equipment. It also need wide doors for easy access.
Modular components are growing in popularity too. A modular component is an adaptable space that allows a room to be completely reconfigured with an Allen wrench. This type of adaptability and flexibility is key when trying to predict the unknown future of healthcare and the technology that will be used.
Today’s healthcare designers are implementing modern technology to optimize workflow but also designing flexible spaces to allow for changes down the road.
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Marie Wikoff is the creator of Wikoff Design Studio based out of Reno, Nevada. Her expertise in healthcare design has helped develop modern design for healthcare organizations locally, regionally and internationally. Her credentials include Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC), American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designer (CHID), the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) and LEED AP. Contact Marie Wikoff