Cedars-Sinai uses fictitious patient rooms to test hospital design

Los Angeles (Jun 14, 2021) –

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Newswise – So instead of relying solely on models, drawings or photos to guide the design of the new nine-story Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey hospital, the architects built sample patient care rooms, right down to the door handles.

Then they invited the doctors and nurses to visit, inspect and give their opinion before the new hospital starts later this year, said Zeke Triana, AIA, vice president of planning, design and development. construction of facilities at Cedars-Sinai.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity, and the little details are so important,” said Triana, whose team is leading the project. “We created everything, right down to the cabinets, doors, hinges, hardware, where the gloves are located in these rooms. All of these details are so important to our caregivers and are really important in providing an effective patient care experience.

Medical professionals who visited the half-dozen realistic rooms had plenty of suggestions, ranging from mundane to high-tech.

For example, staff stood inside an emergency department examination room and asked architects to rotate the bed and head wall 90 degrees so that they could face directly. the patient’s head from the doorway.

Nurses examined grab bars, soap dispenser, and shower curtain in a realistic intensive care room and asked to relocate electrical outlets in a patient room on the medical / surgical floor.

“One of the outlets that we plugged the equipment into was so close to the patient that if a nurse came to do something on a machine, we would be right in front of the patient in an awkward way,” said Mary Worley. , RN, Director of Nursing at Cedar-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital. “So we were able to eliminate that and make it a more comfortable space for the patient. We were fortunate to be able to give our opinion, and they listened to us and made changes.”

This kind of feedback is essential to making the high-tech reconstruction of the current two-story, 50-year-old hospital a success. The construction of the new hospital is expected to take about five years.

“The nurses asked us to drive a handwashing station between the patient rooms deeper into the wall, as they saw water could have splashed onto the floor, creating a slip hazard,” said Alicia Wachtel, Executive Director of Facility Planning, Design and Construction at Cedars. Sinai. “By getting feedback from the staff who use these spaces on a daily basis, we can reduce costs by avoiding mistakes and costly changes, and make the construction process more efficient because the contractor knows exactly what to build. It also makes the staff happier, which is priceless. “

Another benefit of this project is that Wachtel and his fellow architects can test features that they later replicate in other hospital rooms, clinics or surgery centers across the healthcare system. They asked surgeons to visit a fictitious operating room to test new green lights that reduce glare during surgeries. And the architects have found a new modular panel for the hospital operating room walls that can be easily replaced after being dented by rolling surgical trays and equipment that over time leaves unsightly damage.

Marina staff are delighted to be test subjects for innovation.

“We are a small hospital in Marina del Rey, and we have done so much for the community and for each other,” Worley said. “We are ready to grow, to be able to offer more to our community, to be able to offer them a bigger, more state-of-the-art hospital with all the bells and whistles.”

Read more about patient care at Marina del Rey in Cedars-Sinai Magazine: By herself, but not alone

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