Medical Construction & Design

MAY-JUN 2018

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MCDM AG.COM | M AY/ J U N E 2018 | Medical Construction & Design 31 A ccu- M ount S u pp ort Sy stem s are p re-engineered & p re-manufactured surgical boom & light mounting solutions. Recognized f or su p erior q ualit y and ease o f installation, our p roven and cost-e ff ective con fi gurations attach to an y building structure t yp e. Choose the p referred Accu-Mount solution & incor p orate the basis of our design into y our best p ractices toda y ! www.healthcaretec.com 877.878.3534 PRE-ENGINEERED. PRE-SOLVED. Accu-Mount Series 200 Accu-Mount Series 100 Accu-Mount Series 300 Procedure Lighting, Microsco p es, Cameras, In j ectors an d N avigation E q ui p ment. Desi g ned for Anesthesia Booms, E q ui p men t M anagement S y stems and Tandem Confi g urations . Desi g ned f or Sin g le or Multi p le Head Surgical Lights an d Monitor E q ui p ment. The Basis of Support Design Surgical Boom & Light Mounting Solutions Lather, rinse, repeat Hospital-acquired infections remain a chal- lenge in medical facilities. Furniture that can withstand constant and extensive clean- ing with bleach is key to combating HAIs. Another infl uencer from hospitality is the use of metal; it's not only a structural el- ement but also a design feature in furniture — from the frames to the legs to the arms. This lends itself to durable products, which is imperative in healthcare furniture. Waiting room furniture is known for having "legs." The longer the wait time, the more mobile furniture seems to be. Families and friends want to congregate in support of each other in healing envi- ronments, so the furniture must meet this demand. Features such as wall-saver legs that protect walls from damage and solid surface arm caps and tops provide impact resistance to heavy use. Your health = your wealth The consideration of ergonomics goes be- yond seating. Height-adjustable work sur- faces and monitor arms — in combination with ergonomic seating — benefi t the care team and providers, patients, visitors and family members. The correlation between ergonomics and reductions in workplace injuries is evident in worker compensation reports. The cost to an employer includes not only the direct fi nancial costs of treat- ing the injured employee, but also indirect costs of training replacement employees, lower productivity, frustration, lower em- ployee morale and absenteeism. Continuity of care is an important part of the patient experience. A caregiver that is frustrated or in pain cannot provide the experience patients are seeking. Moving forward Furniture design is an integral part of the healing environment, so it must be consid- ered alongside the materials and architec- ture of the space. Manufacturers are in- creasingly aware of the role their products play in the recovery process, so it's impera- tive the appropriate pieces are chosen to accommodate the user and the space. The right design and furniture selection can turn a busy waiting room into a quiet living room, a cafeteria dining space into a remote offi ce and a patient care area into an enjoy- able and comfortable environment. Dori Mommers is an associate vice president and interior designer with CallisonRTKL Inc. Tamra Green is a senior associate and interior designer with CallisonRTKL Inc.

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