The Australian Healthcare Week Expo is back in 2021, held on the 17-18 March at the ICC, Sydney!
What's New in 2021?
Healthcare organizations face growing challenges related to infectious disease control. Although adherence to best practices such as frequent hand washing and the use of personal protective equipment are regarded as the leading weapons against infectious disease spread and hospital-acquired infections, the built environment, including the HVAC systems, also play an important role.
Strides in the development of smart building operation management platforms that easily and cost-effectively integrate with a facility’s existing systems can give healthcare providers a powerful tool with which to enhance the effectiveness of their overall infection control programs
Medical imaging and diagnostic equipment (MIDE) is increasingly being networked to Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS), Radiology Information Systems (RIS), Hospital Information Systems (HIS), and getting connected to the hospital intranet as well as the Internet.
Failing to implement the necessary physical infrastructure can result in unexpected downtime, and safety and compliance issues, which translates into lost revenue and exposure to expensive litigations, negatively affecting the bottom line. This paper explains how to plan for physical infrastructure when deploying medical imaging and diagnostic equipment, with emphasis on power and cooling.
Did you know your employee uniforms can provide better care for aging Australians? Scrub uniform colours can improve visibility and entice different emotional and physical responses.
Your employee uniforms should have specific colour schemes but should also be comfortable and stylish for your care workers.
Here’s why employee uniforms can benefit care workers and some advice when choosing and cleaning your scrub uniforms.
Living a good life longer (nearly a decade longer) is something to celebrate, with the majority ageing at home within their community. But statistically living longer can mean increasing disability with over a third of people experiencing mild or moderate disability as they age1. Although only one percent of Australians aged 65-74 live in cared accommodation2 such as nursing homes, the percentage increases to nearly a quarter (24 percent) once they reach 85 years old. Nearly half of Australians in permanent residential aged care have depression, compared to 10-15 percent of older Australians living in the community3.
Simulation is an incredibly valuable activity when testing new processes, tools or designs, to determine functionality and usability. In May 2020, Mater Education created a prototype simulation on the newly designed endoscopy cleaning galley.
Mater Education’s OptiSim team constructed a prototype room mirroring the new designed endoscopy cleaning galley, to assess the new environment for functionality and usability prior to design sign-off and building commencement.
By engaging the staff who would be working in the space, the simulation provided an opportunity for Mater endoscopy nurses to imitate their day-to-day processes in the prototype room, and effectively determine if the new design was fit for purpose. During the simulation, adjustments were actively identified to avoid the need for a redesign of the space post-build.
“The simulation was a fantastic way to show the users what the design would look like in reality. On paper, it seemed to be a cramped space and the users were concerned that they would not be able to undertake their work properly. The simulation concluded that the design would be appropriate and also identified a couple of changes to optimise the area.”
Brittany Stanton, Major Projects Manager, Mater Group
The endoscopy cleaning galley prototype simulation provided the following key outcomes for Mater:
• Identification and rectification of ineffective layout prior to commencement of building works.
• End-user engagement and acceptance was achieved early in the project timeline.
• Adjustments made to overall planning to allow for adequate storage requirements.
Mater Education's OptiSim allows for safer, more effective and efficient healthcare delivery. Learn more about how your team or facility can benefit from simulation.
Looking to streamline project delivery healthcare providers look to partners, like yourselves, to provide solutions, share expertise, deliver innovations and help overcome challenges.
While healthcare project investment and innovation is at an all-time high; driven by the enlightened and technologically savvy customer as well as by recent exposés into the quality of care being provided, Australia is a small market on the global scale and competition for these lucrative contracts high.
With this in mind we picked the brains of four leaders in the healthcare space to learn more about what they look for when scouting for project partners. Read on to explore insights from NSW Health Infrastructure, Children’s Health Queensland and Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.