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Patient toilet rooms
are designed to the
maximum level of safety
and include ligatureresistant fixtures at
the sink area, such as
the faucet and soap
dispenser. The paper
towel holder, outlet, and
light controls are all
installed with tamperresistant screws.

gency patients leaving the ED without being
seen (from 7 percent to 1.2 percent), as well as
significantly higher patient satisfaction scores,
all while avoiding the use of physical restraints.
As the healthcare sector continues to refine
this type of behavioral health unit, there are
some primary lessons that can be learned from

the UIHC's CSU. For starters, creating a plan for growth is necessary. On
opening day, UIHC's unit was fully occupied and has maintained at least
a 95 percent occupancy rate. Second, the physical location of the unit is
also critical. At UIHC, the CSU is located seven floors and 1,500 feet away
from the ED, presenting operational flow issues due to significant patient
travel distances. Proximity to the ED and potential growth areas (soft
spaces) that can be converted for future treatment use are important
considerations. Additionally, because UIHC's CSU is for adults only, children and adolescents under the age of 18 with behavioral health conditions stay in the ED. Likewise, any patient with additional medical issues
remains in the ED. Separate, adjacent areas for pediatrics and adults that
could flex in size also would be a great asset to the unit.
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics' CSU increasingly demonstrates better treatment for patients, more capacity and reduced
walkouts in the ED, a lower percentage of behavioral health inpatient admissions, and overall higher patient satisfaction. 
Scott Hansche, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is director of healthcare at Heery Design,
a Slam Studio (Iowa City, Iowa). He can be reached at S H A N S C H E @ S L A M
C O L L . C O M . Hannah Roush, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, is a project architect
at Heery Design, a Slam Studio (Iowa City). She can be reached at H R O U S H @
SLAMCOLL.COM.

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