Hospital infrastructure isn’t static. It undergoes constant alteration and improvement to ensure it remains fit for purpose in a changing world.
And our world has changed immensely since COVID hit, creating some infrastructure challenges for hospitals.
Here, we explore the role of infrastructure in patient care and offer ways to rethink healthcare infrastructure and service delivery in light of the pandemic.
There is no silver bullet for fixing Australia’s emergency department (ED) crisis.
Here, we explore the pressures on hospital emergency physicians and consider how improvements to infrastructure could facilitate patient flow.
Competing priorities are everywhere in healthcare. Hospital Boards and senior managers must regularly make difficult governance decisions taking into account factors such as clinical need, budgetary constraints and performance targets.
So, which is the right way forward? And do you really have to choose?
Healthcare innovations have improved many aspects of patient care. We’ve seen genetic sequencing, targeted therapies, remote monitoring devices and robotic surgery.
But the innovations needed in a hospital aren’t limited to clinical applications. There are several innovations that can improve facilities management to make the whole hospital more efficient.
The repeated suspension of elective surgery, the disruption to screening services and outpatient appointments, and a 40% drop in routine pathology testing early in the pandemic have all combined to create a cohort of Australians now presenting with more advanced disease and languishing on long waiting lists for surgery as their condition worsens.