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Rethinking the Need for Emergency Department Beds

Award: 2013 AIA Healthcare Design Award Recipient
Category D: Innovations in Planning and Design Research, Built and Unbuilt

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RAZ PODS LIGHTS

Patient spaces will have the ability to tailor light colors and temperature at different times of the day and to mitigate stressors in the ED process.<BR /><BR />  

Firm:  Lennon Associates<BR />

Architect:  James Lennon<BR />

POD WITH FEATURE KEY

This is not a research project, in spite of the fact that an extensive amount of data was collected and analyzed and advanced computer simulations and particle simulations were used.<BR /><BR />  

Firm:  Lennon Associates<BR />

Architect:  James Lennon<BR />

RAZ PODS LIGHTS

Patient spaces will have the ability to tailor light colors and temperature at different times of the day and to mitigate stressors in the ED process.<BR /><BR />  

Firm:  Lennon Associates<BR />

Architect:  James Lennon<BR />

STAFF AREA

Staff will have a quiet and professional environment to work that will reduce chaos induced errors. And staff will have access to natural light while at the same time have excellent visibility of patients.<BR /><BR />  

Firm:  Lennon Associates<BR />

Architect:  James Lennon<BR />

VERTICAL WITH PEOPLE

The patients overall length of stay time will be reduced from 5 hours to 2.5 hours on average.<BR /><BR />  

Firm:  Lennon Associates<BR />

Architect:  James Lennon<BR />

Distinguishing Itself

This project is a radical departure from traditional emergency departments in that the vast majority of patients will not be seen in a bed, but will spend the majority of their time in a carefully designed area (we call pods) that offer amenities not seen in any previous ED. The pods offer personal environmental controls that resemble the amenities of first class airline accommodations. Further, by reshaping the flow of patients and where physicians interact with patients we will be able to reduce the time between entering the ED to seeing a physician to seven minutes on average from nearly two hours currently. Many new technological advances were incorporated into the design such as individually addressable light bulbs that will allow patients to completely control the appearance of their pod, while not disturbing others. Both the staff and patients have access to extensive gardens. The inherent nature of the design allows for a private and professional work environment for the staff.

Jury Comments

This is an innovative and interesting concept that stretches to consider completely new ways to deal with volume problems in our Emergency Departments. This project proposes an innovation that can realistically be built and tested in existing facilities.

The pod concept demonstrates operational change as well as providing an interesting layout. The concept assists organizations with managing the less urgent cases flooding their Emergency Departments. This concept reduces the footprint while expediting care. This concept proposes an innovation that can realistically be built and tested in both new and existing facilities. We applaud the innovative thinking and encourage reporting the outcomes achieved.

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© Lennon Associates

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