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Additionally, the 4- to 5-foot clearances around
the patient bed permitted easy patient transfers
to a stretcher and/or multiple large equipment
pieces in the room at once. Bed clearances also
allowed for two beds to be placed in the patient
room in response to increased surge volumes.
Two sets of medical gases on either side of the
headwall made double-occupancy rooms possible,
although it was not needed.
On the caregiver side, the care team was
spread out to decentralized nurses' stations
(with a window view into patient rooms and recessed
alcoves) closer to their assigned patient
rooms instead of in a central nurses' station.
This better accommodated the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention's recommended
social distancing protocols, while also helping
staff stay close to patients' bedsides. The extra
space outside of the patient rooms also allowed
adequate area for patient care equipment so
staff could adjust the settings without entering
the room and utilizing more PPE.
Some features not originally included in the
design were also either added or modified when
7NT transitioned to house ICU patients. Specifically, an equipment storage
room was added to accommodate ICU equipment; additional monitors
were installed at each decentralized charting station to enable continuous
monitoring of higher-acuity patients; and patient room doors were modified
with a larger glass cutout to improve visibility of patients and monitors
from the corridor. In total, the cost for the added or modified design features
was approximately $40,000, allowing for a relatively quick and seamless
adaptation of the design.
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CONTINUED
PERFORMANCE
Despite transitioning to different levels of care and patient populations,
these two units continue to perform extremely well with many improvements
in patient care outcomes, including a decline in hospital-acquired
infections/conditions and higher nurse-sensitive quality indicators and
patient satisfaction. Furthermore, feedback from staff was that the converted
ICU environment functioned well. While the lasting effects of this
pandemic will be a discussion point as the industry plans and designs future
hospitals and clinics, lessons learned from projects like this will help
document and provide insight of how to anticipate the next crisis event. 
Kara Freihoefer is director of research at HGA (Milwaukee). She can be
reached at KFREIHOEFER@HGA.COM. Sarah Cypher is director of nursing at
Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin-Froedtert Hospital (Milwaukee). She
can be reached at SARAH.CYPHER@FROEDTERT.COM.
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