NURSING UNITS EVOLVE
Acute-care units in U.S. hospitals face challenges: low satisfaction levels for patients and caregivers, ineffective materials flow, lack of storage, inefficient use of beds, and a shortage of nurses, technicians, and other health workers.
Reduced reimbursements don't help, nor does a diminishing supply of operational capital. To top things off, design has often magnified these problems, when it should be helping to alleviate them. But how? What should the acute-care unit of the future look like?