Facility Planning—Floor Plan, Part 1

Facility Planning—Floor Plan

Health care facilities have uniquely defined characteristics based on the needs of the facility or population served. Poor design may lead to staff, visitor, or patient stress. In large facilities, the inability to find a department may lead to frustrations and disorientation. Poor layout may also lead to staff inefficiencies or fines because of failure to meet regulatory requirements.

Throughout this course you will design a floor plan for the facility you selected in the Week Two Facility Selection and Research assignment. This assignment illustrates the difficult balances between patient flow, workflow, safety, and aesthetics. You will use this document as a guide to understand the environmental design elements you should include in your final design. You will submit this document each week as your assignment.

 

 

 

Week Three: Facility Planning—Floor Plan, Part 1

 

The construction of evidence-based health care facilities includes careful planning and layout as well as considerations for the health of the population to be served. Evidence-based health care facilities planning also needs input from a cross-functional team of informed stakeholders and the integration of best-practices in modern design and regulatory requirements.

This week you will focus on your facility’s structure and the areas contained within it. Next week you will add assets to your facility.

Open SmartDraw® on Toolwire® and select the appropriate floor plan you selected in the Week Two Facility Selection and Research assignment. You will be responsible for adding environmental design elements each week. Your final floor plan is due in Week Five.

Add the following to your SmartDraw® facility:

  • Facility structure:
    • Walls
    • Doors
    • Hallways
    • Waiting areas
    • Other related structural components
  • Facility areas as appropriate, such as (but not limited to):
    • Customer service and amenities
      • Reception desk, bathroom, shower, vending machine, etc.
    • Patient consultation areas
    • Clinical support areas
      • Nurses station, charting areas, etc.
    • Administrative offices
    • Building support
      • Laundry, generator facilities, housekeeping, etc.
    • Diagnostic and treatment space equipment and location
    • Mechanical equipment
      • Space for laboratory equipment, radiology equipment, gases like oxygen, and suctions

 

Feel free to use other drawings, such as Private Patient Room and floor plans in other categories, to enhance your drawing. Some students have succeeded in copying and pasting between layouts.

 

Write a 175- to 350-word response to the following questions:

  • Describe the steps you took to complete the structure and area of your facility.
    • What considerations did you make?
    • Include references and research to support your considerations
  • Describe any successes or challenges you faced this week building your facility.
  • Include a print screen of your facility below. Use the instructions provided if you need help adding a print screen.

 

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