How to furnish an outpatient room correctly; part II Advice and tips for furnishing
In the first part of the article How to furnish an outpatient room correctly: part II, we focused on all necessary parameters you should consider before you start choosing furniture for an outpatient room and arranging it. In the second part, we are going to provide you with specific advice how to arrange an outpatient room with an emphasis on its functionality and healthy working environment. What you need to consider when arranging an outpatient room is not only standards and legislation but also a complex view and a number of details. They can ensure that your doctor's office will also be furnished in a way making your work easier in every single aspect. Read 3 key tips for arranging an outpatient room:
1 Choose quality furniture for your outpatient room
Every outpatient room has its specific dimensions and parameters. Choosing furniture from catalogue and adjusting all outpatient room to it is not the best solution. Custom-made furniture for your outpatient room that will perfectly adjust to all your requirements (size, stability, design or specific requirements such as lockability etc.) is a better option. An ideal solution is a design of lockable outpatient room furniture within which specific devices and medical equipment will also be taken into account.
2 Correct arrangement does wonders
Another important aspect is the arrangement of individual pieces of equipment and furniture. Like in other working premises, space ergonomics is key. Don't forget about enough wide transition zones and enough daylight just where you need it most. Avoid reflections in monitor and display devices that need a darker room. Furthermore, every doctor has their own way to make an examination. In time, it becomes a routine which you can make easier for them or just the opposite - much more difficult. How? They just need to have all necessary tools and devices (medical carts, controlled drug cabinets) they use most often at their hand. The job of a nurse requires the same. Effective patient examination requires that nurses or assistants have a medical cart for blood samples, blood sampling chair or patient medical records in files at their reach. The doctor's office will really work and the staff won't need to walk unnecessarily long distances.
3 Comfort and intimacy for patients
Certainly, by comfort we don't mean upholstered chairs in the waiting room or a welcome drink. Even small details in the furnishing of an outpatient room can change the perception of your patients. Healthy ergonomic seating during examination and a seat for their eventual companion is often all they need. Rounded tables and chairs that are easy to move are a practical choice for a doctor's office. In the winter or in the case of need of an examination where a patient must undress, clothes hangers for the upper part of clothing and coats must be available. Separated by a dressing screen for example, an intimate zone providing a patient with enough privacy also in a moment where a more detailed examination must be carried out in covered parts of the body is an ideal solution.
A couple of smart tips in the end
Thanks to several years of experience in Rstudio, we believe that small things and thorough details can change an outpatient room and its daily stereotype in a positive way. One of them is the arrangement of computer technology on a desk and under the desk. Enough place for comfortable actions behind the PC will be provided thanks to a suitable desk for an outpatient room. A double sink for outpatient rooms where it is necessary to take samples is a clever tip to save space that also meets all respective standards. For small outpatient rooms where centimetres are often decisive, we recommend choosing a sink with a cabinet where disinfectants, for example, can be stored. Last but not least, there is the need to archive. A separate room or a storeroom where patient cards and all necessary documents are kept is an ideal solution. However, if you don't have this possibility, you can simply use the space above the index card cabinet and install archiving cabinets directly on them.
Do you think you would need much more good advice and tips for furnishing your outpatient room? Or would you like to entrust complete furnishing to someone else instead? Contact us in Rstudio and we will be happy to help.