St. Mary’s Hospital in Sechelt, British Columbia, renovated their hospital with the goals of reducing HAIs and implementing lean methodologies. These desired outcomes drove them to adopt single bed patient rooms.
Why the switch? The Lean Team had heard about the proprietary “Collaborative Care” method of inpatient care developed by ThedaCare, a four-hospital system in Wisconsin. This care method revolves around two basic principles: collaboration between a physician, a registered nurse and a pharmacist throughout the care process, and an alternatively designed patient room that places medications and supplies at the bedside, making it easier for the nursing staff to access what they need.The switch to single occupancy rooms with storage at the bedside required the use of the CoreSTOR® patient server by Spacesaver.
“We learned that our region alone could save $6-10 million a year in operating costs by reducing infections,” said Don Jenion, facilities manager.
The team at St. Mary’s worked with Hi-Cube Storage Products, the Authorized Spacesaver Representative in British Columbia, to implement this new health care storage solution.
There have been several positive outcomes from switching to single occupancy rooms equipped with CoreSTOR units: increased time savings for nursing and pharmacy staff members, more time for patient care, a reduction of HAIs, and additional waste reduction
Today, at St. Mary’s Hospital, patients are recovering more quickly, infections are spreading less rapidly, and re-stocking has become more organized.