Security was an early design consideration for the Fairview Southdale Emergency Department addition. From planning for behavioral/mental health patients to mass casualty situations, the design and construction team focused on zones, control points, circulation routes, and egress paths to keep patients and staff safe during different high-stress situations. This session diagrams the unique security challenges and solutions designing emergency departments for wide demographics, highlighting lean strategies to increase operational efficiency and safety.
Describe the impact of behavioral/mental health patients in the emergency department.
Define security zones and protocols for patients, families, and caregivers in sometimes volatile situations.
Address process improvement strategies to monitor and safeguard patient movement within the ED, prevent patients from leaving undetected, and handle frequent fliers (return) patients.
Identify lean processes for improving protocol for mass casualty situations.
Regional Director Facility Services South Region,
Fairview Health Services
AIA, NCARB, ACHA, CID,
HGA Architects and Engineers
Credits: None available.
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3/17/17 9:54 am
Nice presentation. There should be more presentations like this one from Fairview that look at security strategies to protect health care facilities and the integration of technologies like access control, duress alarms, video surveillance systems and the regulations that guide their use.