Creating a separate surgical hub, with its own operating room and ward, can help to ensure that elective surgery takes place as planned.
Modular healthcare facilities provide a way to maintain service provision during capital works. Andrew Woodrow of Pure Projects outlines 5 key considerations for hospital decision-makers considering modular healthcare facilities.
Understanding water treatment and requirements for the Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD): Expert interpretation of AS/NZ4187
Full compliance with AS/NZ 4187 (the sterilisation standard for reprocessing reusable devices) must be achieved. In practice, that involves minor to major construction to install a new water treatment plant and pipework to achieve microbial control and to separate clean and dirty activities.
A successful sustainability officer needs a strong set of skills to improve your hospital’s sustainability performance without negatively affecting other aspects of its performance. They’re agents of change and, among many other responsibilities, they also advise on the environmental aspects of capital works.
Demands and services are guaranteed to change over the life of a healthcare facility. We can anticipate some of these changes but others may take us by surprise. That means we need to ensure that new and refurbished healthcare facilities are future-proof, flexible and adaptable.
Mobile healthcare facilities are designed in close collaboration with staff who often feel more satisfied with that working environment than the main hospital.
Learn more about the clinical benefits of mobile facilities in the latest edition of Healthcare Spaces.
Mobile outreach services provide a way to improve health outcomes for the 7 million Australians living in rural and remote areas. Mobile facilities enable easier access to healthcare, earlier diagnosis and more convenient treatment.
A hospital refurbishment serves many purposes such as increasing capacity or refreshing outdated facilities. It’s also an ideal opportunity to improve sustainability, both in the construction phase and in ongoing use.
In recent years, many Australian hospitals have proved vulnerable to extreme weather events, which have caused illness or injury, damaged infrastructure, cut off access to healthcare or disrupted critical supply chains.
Managing the health risks of climate change can no longer be deferred. Fiona Armstrong, CEO of the Climate and Health Alliance, urges hospital boards to provide leadership to reduce their organisation’s carbon footprint and to increase its resilience in the face of climate change.
Read more in the latest edition of Healthcare Spaces.
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.