For many years, most medical examination room layout was consistently the same. Exam footprint sizes varied according to specialty and facility needs, whether a curtain was needed, etc. But there was not a lot of innovation brought to exam room design until recently. LEAN design principles dramatically altered how clinics and exam rooms themselves are being laid out. These new designs carefully consider how best to improve efficiency in clinic environments as well as the patient experience from a design and care delivery perspective.
Improve Clinic Flow
Many new clinics like the Everett Clinic in WA and many Veterans Administration Clinics are experimenting with centralized registration areas and then exam rooms spaces organized in “pods”, generally by specialty. Typically this goes hand-in-hand with the creation of an open plan collaborative workspace for providers and dual entry exam rooms where patients approach a room from a corridor and enter through a “patient door” and providers approach from this collaborative workspace and enter through a different “provider door.”
Improved Furniture Layout
The design of exam rooms has always been challenged by the needs of getting exam tables, cabinetry, seating and provider workspace into a very small area. As more and more care shifts to outpatient clinics, new spaces are built and there is a desire to improve the layout and efficiency of each individual room. Using sliding doors can help in this regard, because it makes more interior wall space usable for things like workstations and cabinetry or seating, and it can actually help optimize the positioning of furniture because the swing path of the door and associated approach clearances are eliminated.
Offer better options for family members
While the patient is the main focus, many people do not go into exam rooms alone. This is especially true if a child is being looked at. But instead of just having a hard chair or two, it is worth investing in more comfortable furniture. With sliding doors, there is often a bit more space available on the inside of small exam rooms. Thus, making it easier for the placement of comfortable seating for those accompanying patients.
In any sort of medical facility, patients expect privacy. Whether they are getting test results or post-surgery instructions or talking about insurance, they do not want sensitive information overheard. To make this possible, the right doors have to be used on exam rooms and provider spaces. Sliding doors have often been deficient when it comes to offering visual and acoustical privacy, but not those by AD Systems. Examslide was designed to close up the gaps of most sliding doors. Therefore, they offer comfort and security to both patient and providers alike.
AD Systems can enhance a medical examination room layout
All of the above tips are a great way to make an exam room better. However, the last one may be the most important. Privacy is something that should never be overlooked in a medical facility. The ExamSlide system from AD Systems is built with the needs of contemporary medical clinics in mind.