Medical Construction & Design

MAY-JUN 2018

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MCDM AG.COM | M AY/ J U N E 2018 | Medical Construction & Design 19 MODERN AMENITIES This toilet's sleek profi le feels modern and helps mask structural reinforcement. in any patient toilet room, especially those with an open- shower approach. Clinicians should tour existing facilities with this arrangement and make sure they can live with the amount of water on the fl oor. Mock-ups that test various arrangements of the showerhead and drains help determine the best solution. Labor and delivery Comfort and convenience are key design drivers for labor and delivery toilet rooms, as mobility limitations are not as common with labor and deliv- ery patients, who can gener- ally navigate to the toilet room without staff assistance for at least a portion of their stay. This patient population often has a partner in the room. Some patients use thera- peutic showers during labor to decrease discomfort. They are also often well enough to shower before being dis- charged from the hospital and may wish to perform personal grooming like hairstyling and applying makeup. Given the popularity of water births, some facilities may even want to off er bathtubs, as well as showers as a therapy during labor. For example, several LDRP rooms at UF Health North in Jacksonville, Florida feature tubs for water births within the patient rooms. Patients also have a large, dedicated shower space and ample counter space for toiletries. The rooms even feature a wall-mounted hair dryer. These hospitality- inspired spaces can serve as a powerful tool to increase a hospital's ability to attract patients, especially as many expectant mothers like to tour labor and delivery facilities before giving birth. Rehabilitation spaces Rehab patients may have an extended stay in the hospital and require extra staff support to shower and use the toilet. Mobility and space for staff as- sistance are key design drivers for these types of toilet rooms. Patients may require help from more than one person, so extra-wide doors and room on both sides of the toilet should be considered. The design can address re- hab patients' elevated fall risk by providing features such as a shower without a threshold, swing-up grab bars and adjust- able toilet seats. As with other lower-acuity patient rooms, the design should provide for the storage of personal belongings and toiletries. Bariatric rooms Bariatric toilet rooms require a larger footprint than other ROOMS continued page 21 >> Spotlight Healthcare Restrooms Can a floor support an active lifestyle in a senior community? Yes. The safety of your family matters. Ecore's Rx Collection features product technology that reduces impacts from falls, and offers confidence and security to residents. To learn more, go to:

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