We currently are designing a new Peds ED for our Hospital in Grand Rapids,
MI. and I am looking for some input/advice on some specific issues:
1. What dimensions are your general exam rooms (for patients with fever,
general medical complaints, minor trauma and stable, non-craching
asthmatics, etc.) and do you wish they were bigger or smaller? What do you
think the minimum size for such a room should be?
2. What dimensions are your resuscitation rooms ( for unstable patients
requiring procedures/ aggressive interventions) and do you wish they were
bigger or smaller? What do you think the minimum size for such a room should
3. Do you have separate rooms for procedures/sedation and, if so, how do
you facilitate flow of patients from their original room to the
procedure/sedation room and back to their original room?
4. There are many different monitors out there (HP, Marquette, Space Labs,
etc.) Do you have a preference and why?
5. Any suggestions for someone who is building a brand new Peds ED
regarding equipment or room design?
I know they are difficult questions with many different answers, but I'd
appreciate your help and input. You can reply to me directly or via the
John Hoyle, MD
Co-Director, Pediatric Emergency Dept.
Spectrum Health Hospitals
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2560
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