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6. Designing for Function
This process, which Spoljaric said normally takes a facility
working with a manufacturer about three to six months, is
complex, because it includes budgets, stakeholder opinions, many questions and the overall goal of designing
for maximum function. “The last thing you want to do is
design a room that has very low utilization,” Currier said.
In addition to planning for what the room is used for initially, it’s also wise to plan for the future, they said. This
can include things like extra conduits or mobile equipment.
7. Regulatory Approval
After the planning process is complete, the state and county
need to approve the project construction master plan,
Spoljaric said; this could take another three to six months.
8. Construction and Installation
After about six- 12 months of planning and waiting, the con-
struction is completed, and manufacturers will start installing
their equipment. The suppliers will have an install schedule
agreed upon during the planning phase of the project. Often
multiple vendors may need to be installing their products
at similar times. This takes coordination so that each ven-
dor has access and the space to work safely and efficiently,
Kenyon said. Each vendor will validate their system, and
then the systems integration team will check for overall inte-
9. Settling into a New Home
Once the room is set up, Kenyon said it’s a process to settle
in and learn its ins and outs. "We know when there’s pressure
to perform, it’s harder for people to perform, so clinicians
need time to practice when they don’t have the pressure of
a patient on the table and a difficult or critical procedure to
execute,” she said.
10. Evolving and Growing
Technology will only continue to evolve, so facilities and
their manufacturers need to discuss new options as they
arise, Spoljaric projected. Education also needs to continue
so facilities get the most out of their investment, he said.
After everyone has had time to get acquainted with their
new surroundings, a good educator can push them to new
levels of mastery by regularly scheduling in-services that