Patient Directed Care; Making Hallways Friendlier

Man sitting in EZ-Rest chairAs organizations struggle to find optimal ways to improve patient directed or patient centered care, the structure of their buildings is often a challenge. Visitors and patients often complain about the distance between departments, as well as from the garage to the necessary treatment center.

Many hospitals and outpatient settings are designed with long hallways and expansive corridors.  Finding a way to offer temporary seating in these areas has not been an easy task. Historically, benches have been added but often these posed safety challenge by taking up limited space. Recent changes to the Joint Commission 2012 Life Safety Codes enable wall attached furniture in hallways exceeding 8 feet in width which certainly will help make seating access a bit easier.

Improving the overall patient and family experience associated with hospital and healthcare delivery is a quickly expanding goal today. Getting around health care buildings is a common challenge throughout the world. Frequently, staff members offer patients and visitors wheelchairs in order to transport those who become fatigued to their destinations. Optimal patient centered care is being designed to support the staff’s ability to ensure patients and visitors safety.  Meanwhile, assuring conformance with multiple regulatory requirements remains an ongoing component in the new patient directed care approach.

EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chair® is now being used by organizations to support patient directed care by providing  temporary “Rest Stations” in key locations throughout their facilities.

EZ-Rest, Inc. is committed to providing a viable solution to improve patient’s experiences in the healthcare delivery environment. One Canadian organization, Kingston General Hospital initially placed eight EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chairs in their hallways. In less than a year, the organization added three more seats to improve their accessibility. Please feel free to read more about their experience by  clicking this link.

If your organization is interested in learning more about how EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chair®, the only self-retracting wall  mounted seating can improve your patient directed care efforts, please contact us today.

JCAHO 2012 Life Safety Changes Increase Access

Maybe reading Life Safety Codes is not your cup of tea, but the changes in  2012 can make seating access a lot easier for many  places. Previously, wall mounted furniture could not be placed or allowed  in hallways. Regardless of the mechanisms, any item that projected into the space was pretty well forbidden.

Fortunately, with so many organizations using wall mounted desks and needing seating, the 2012 Life Safety Code, 18.2.3.4 (5) now reflect the ability to have wall attached seating! Now, of course there are some conditions,  the corridor width must be  at least 8 ft and the furniture must be securely attached to the floor or to the wall; and it can’t reduce the corridor to less than  than 6 ft. There are a few more rules…like keeping them all to one side and not having too many  and not too close (at least 10 feet apart). Of course, the furniture cannot obstruct fire equipment either!

So now the extra good news, EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chair was specially designed to do just this!  Our product attaches to the floor and the wall, takes up minimal space – just 3 1/4″ from the wall  and  the 2012 LSC allows projections in to the corridor up to 6”. When  in use, EZ-Rest  only extends 14 inches into the corridor. Plus it is made of metal and fully non-combustible! At last a solution for corridor seating!

So- if your organization has been struggling with hallway seating or finding a place for nurses to sit while charting on portable computers on wheels- look no further. See the latest changes in Kansas  Lifesafety-Codeculture-Change summary and check with your local officials.

Check out EZ-Rest today. We are happy to answer any questions, just contact us!

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