Floor Plan for Forest Park Medical Center
Forest Park Medical is a health facility that offers medical services to a diverse population. It is one of the hospitals that provide surgery services as well as other medical facilities. This shows that the medical facility is quite busy and thus proper planning of the floor layouts is required to ensure efficient operation in the hospital. The initial planners had well planned the typical floor plan of the hospital and only a few elements would require change.
Forest Park Medical Center
The Center's general design
One of the reasons that influenced the choice for this floor plan is the right design of the corridors, walls, and doors.
The plan of the Forest Park Medical embodies the historical background of high-gloss skill while the lingua franca aesthetic gives a character of high and diverse sophistication. The hospital has several areas that are similar such as the hallways and wards; this makes the nurses and physicians move and work in reflex (Department of Health, 2014). They would not have a challenge locating the wards or hallways to follow. However, the hallways and the wards are properly distinguished from the others. The colors of the doors are carefully chosen to ensure that the marking on the doors is minimal to prevent confusion. Fire exit doors are red in color and well labeled to guide people in the case of an emergency. The floor color is beige. It is chosen to be slightly dull since very bright colors could be irritating to the patients and could also cause unnecessary reflections (Department of Health, 2014). The doors windows and internal walls are also designed in such a way that they are easy to mount and take down should there be the need to change. The doors should be of a standard size and same connection and orientation. The walls and windows should also be uniform to ensure routine for the users of the medical facility. The hallway and door widths are also well chosen to allow enough space for ambulance users and fast walking staff passing with patients.
Mechanical and Electrical designs
The mechanical and electrical support of the floor plan of the hospital is in such a way that it allows frequent change of use of the floor space. The equipment that has vibrations such as the generator and laundry rooms should be placed as far away as possible from the waiting rooms, consultation rooms and the wards (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010).
The planning of the hospital is also well done in such a way that the most useful rooms are as close as possible to the patient waiting point; these are facilities such as the diagnostics and treatment rooms as well as emergency rooms. The outpatient customers will thus avoid a lot of movement in the hospital since the facilities are concentrated on the main street of the hospital. After diagnostics, the patients who need admission are then led to the wards which should be located on the upper floors of the hospital (Piotrowski, & Rogers, 2007). The areas that are not frequented by the patients should be located at the rear side of the building where staff and administrators can access them, and the patients will not get confused. The entry to the wards by the visitors is also separated from the ways used by other patients seeking medical attention to avoid congestion of the most important hallways.
For safety in the hospital, the typical floor is designed to carry heavy loads; hospitals should be designed to carry loads of community service centers (Department of Health, 2014). The floor material is also well chosen to ensure enough friction to prevent falls of both the patients and the workers. The only addition to the design is to provide the right of way for the wheelchairs and stretchers. The design should ensure that wheelchairs and stretchers are considered to have their paths and not share paths with other patients (Hayward, 2006).
In completing the floor plan, I have learned that hospitals are delicate areas and require careful consideration. The location of different facilities and offices of the hospital should be well planned to allow for efficient flow of services and the access routes to various points must allow for emergency movement.