If you could do anything to inpatient rooms (excluding making them bigger
), what would you change? Think in terms of patient comfort, nurse convenience, ergonomics, furnishings, storage, etc.
What are your pet peeves about inpatient rooms?
Jan 29, '07
Pull down storage fron the ceiling, so we could do the dressing change or treatment, then put the table up and out of the way.
Room for a 2 nurse assist through the bathroom doorway, and room for a wheelchair and a nurse in the bathroom.
Showers that are just a continuation of the room without a cubicle to step over, or stay inside of. It's easier to help the patient if we don't have to worry about water getting out of the shower cubicle, and if we can just roll them in. Bathroom spills are easier to clean up too if there is a floor drain for the whole room.
Pull down chairs built right into the wall, especially in the bathroom.
Four feet clearance around the bed for equipment and procedures. Six feet at the foot of the bed, since we often pull out the bed so people can have access to the head, then the foot is too cramped to allow passage.
Windows that open even a little, for the illusion of fresh air. Streetsounds also make real life seem that much closer to the sick.
TWO wall suction, and two O2 accesses, and medical air at each bedside.
Sink available on exiting for handwashing, not in the middle of the room. Actually sinks in hallways outside patient rooms get the most and consistent use IMO.
Electrical outlets waist high- I agree.
Hand held shower instead of stationary shower head.
Actually take the current beds and swing them around inside the room, how much leeway do you have? Do you have to take the siderails down to get through the door? If you have a row of pumps, or a crash cart at the bedside will you have to move them to get out?
No bumps in the doorjamb to catch on walker wheels or equipment.
A nightlight that can be used by the nightnurses instead of the overhead light on rounds.
Last edit by canoehead on Jan 29, '07