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'Hospital of the Future's' Top 20 Features

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 23, 2012

Infection zappers, wireless vital sign monitoring

10. All wiring and piping runs through an "interstitial space" between floors so that if anything goes wrong, repairs can be done without breaking a sterile field or opening walls. "Nobody else has that that I know of today," Covert says.

11. Palomar has designed a special suite for future robotic surgery in such a way that the only living thing inside it is the patient. "Everything else in it is a robot, the nurse, circulating nurse and the robotic arms and devices used by physicians in the next room, or a mile away."

12. Palomar is leasing four Xenex PX-UV machines that move into rooms in between patients. Within six minutes, certain bacterial microorganisms are destroyed.

13. Sotera Wireless VISI's vital sign monitoring system just cleared U.S. Food and Drug Administration's 510(k) process, and Palomar is the first hospital to use it for ambulatory patients. Covert describes it as "equivalent to putting on EKG leads that are tied to a smartphone-like device," which can be read on an iPad. Now patients can move or be moved wherever they need to be without losing monitored vital sign connectivity.

14. Gone are physicians and nurses lounges. Instead, each floor has a multipurpose room that "actually forces our doctors and nurses to come together to talk with each other about their patients and complete their work together."

15. Adjacent to each bed is a line of handrails to give patients support if they try to move to the toilet or shower, eliminating an expensive risk for falls.

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5 comments on "'Hospital of the Future's' Top 20 Features"


John Rinset (9/10/2012 at 2:25 PM)
Several comments. I think the list of 20 is great. However, I do think that creating the common areas so staff and physicians can mingle needs to be supplemented for a space for physicians and staff to hang out alone. There are conversations they need to have with each other staff to staff and physician to physician that may be compromised by the common area. The meeting space could move to the physician parking lot, but not ideal. Also, no mention about cafeteria space, bereavement space or the onboarding space(registration), and finally the ER. All key places for a better patient experience. Are there kiosk in the lobby for patient/visitor access to information? Just some thoughts. Is the facility prepared to meet the future? Hard to know in this technology driven world. But this is a great start. Thanks for sharing.

Kelly Kline Burnett (9/6/2012 at 11:26 PM)
A beautiful atrium, fantastic technology, a sterile elevator but where is the ultimate in health - fitness. Why isn't this facility extolling the virtues of exercise with encouraging the use of the stairway. We must change our paradigm. We must start mandating movement. Prescriptive medicines MUST combine with cardio routines. Movement is a good thing, movement is the greatest luxury. Afterall, if you have your health, you have everything.

Julie D. Taylor (8/27/2012 at 4:32 PM)
Great acknowledgement of a truly groundbreaking hospital. With all the emphasis on the design, it would be good to note that LA-based CO Architects worked with Palomar for years to create this facility.