Instilling a therapeutic and productive environment in a busy pediatric emergency center.
The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton (Dayton Children’s) in Dayton, Ohio, has undergone a series of renovations and additions that have doubled the size of the emergency department. Given the large number of patients the emergency center cares for every year, utilizing the space effectively to meet the needs of visiting families was a top priority.
Dayton Children’s identified three main criteria that materials used in the expansion needed to meet to merit consideration. In particular, flooring needed to provide enhanced acoustics, simplified maintenance and obvious ergonomic benefits for hospital staff. After a three-month test installation, the medical center chose noraplan environcare™ for several key areas throughout the emergency department.
The flooring has exceeded Dayton Children’s expectations for high comfort and low maintenance. Caregivers and other staff can sustain their energy during long shifts, thanks to the flooring’s exceptional ergonomic benefits. Young patients recovering from injury or illness find comfort in the flooring’s comfortable, slip-resistant surface. The recuperative atmosphere is further enhanced by the improved acoustics. “Even though we’re busier than before, it seems quieter,” notes Cindy Berger, RN, MS, the director of Dayton Children’s critical care, emergency and trauma services.
Keeping downtime for maintenance at a minimum was a concern for the busy emergency department. With nora® in place, the environmental services team now has more flexibility in scheduling routine cleaning. The efficiency of the nora® pro clean system, which uses only water, saves the environmental services team time while giving staff and patients an atmosphere free of chemical odors.
For an emergency center in constant use, a peaceful and therapeutic environment prevails, with comfort for all who work, recover and visit in the space. Take a closer look at how nora flooring is satisfying patients, families and caregivers at Children’s Medical Center of Dayton in the full project profile.