Type of paper: Coursework
Discipline: Health Care and Life Sciences : Health Care
Format or citation style: APA
Design a floor plan for a health care facility. This will include designing the layout of rooms within the facility as well as adding environmental, regulatory, and IT elements within the rooms you design.
Review the Facility Planning Guide to familiarize yourself with the requirements of the project.
Research software programs you can use to create a floor plan, and choose one.
Write a brief explanation as to why you chose the program and why it is the best choice for this assignment. Include details on how the faculty member will be able to access your project.
Facility Planning Template—Floor Plan
Health care facilities have uniquely defined characteristics based on the needs of the facility or population served. Poor design may lead to staff, visitor, or patient stress. In large facilities, the inability to find a department may lead to frustrations and disorientation. Poor layout may also lead to staff inefficiencies or fines because of failure to meet regulatory requirements.
Throughout this course you will design a floor plan for the facility you selected in the Week 2 Facility Selection and Research assignment. This assignment illustrates the difficult balances between patient flow, workflow, safety, and aesthetics. You will use this document as a guide to understand the environmental design elements you should include in your final design. You will submit this document each week as your assignment.
For this project, you may use the program of your choice to complete the floor plan. Some programs to consider are Microsoft® PowerPoint®, Visio®, Publisher®, Excel®, or online floor plan programs such as Edraw, SmartDraw, Gliffy, and Lucidchart. Your faculty member will need to approve your choice, since he or she must be able to view your project in order to grade it. It is important to note that the purpose of this project is not to be an expert at creating a facility using your chosen program, but rather to ensure the concepts learned in this course can be applied to the facility design principles. Your use of the floor planning program is meant to enhance your learning of the course and program concepts.