Setting up exam rooms in a new healthcare facility can be a daunting task to say the least. Download our free exam room checklist to make planning easier, and read our tips below to learn more about what type of furniture and accessories are right for your facility.
The centerpiece of the exam room is, of course, the exam table. From standard box tables to powered exam tables to procedure tables, there are tons of options and special features to choose from when it comes to this very important piece of furniture. To learn everything you need to know, check out our comprehensive guide to exam tables.
Consider what type of storage you’ll need in your exam rooms. Standard wall mounted cabinets may be the first that come to mind, but modular cabinets are often a better option for this setting. Not only can modular furniture be rearranged in the room as needed, but you’ll find that there are tax credits available for modular style cabinetry because it is considered to be furniture, unlike standard cabinets.
We often consider the needs of the patient first, but don’t forget about the importance of having the right furniture for your caregivers as well. Caregivers will need a comfortable stool to use in the exam room. Make sure that the stool is upholstered in a healthcare grade vinyl, and decide whether the stool should come with or without a backrest as well as whether your caregivers will need lockable casters.
Make sure you have solutions that support the electronic medical record keeping in your facility. Consider whether you want to provide your staff with carts or wall mounted units and ensure that you equip your facility with enough of these to accommodate all of your care givers.
Due to the nature of medical facilities, waste needs to be properly disposed of to ensure patient and caregiver safety. Make sure your exam room includes sharps disposal containers, medical waste containers, linen hampers and standard trash bins.
Depending on the size of your exam room, equip the space with a few guest chairs that patients and their family can sit in while speaking with caregivers. Decide whether your exam room chairs should have arms or not (as a rule of thumb, include one chair with arms and one chair without), and be sure to accommodate your average patient population by considering bariatric, orthopedic and geriatric options.
Accessories are almost as important as the larger pieces of furniture in the space. Utilitarian items such as glove dispensers and coat racks ensure that the rooms stays clean and sanitary. Clocks, artwork and literature racks are typically provided for the peace of mind of the patient, as studies have shown that the right accessories and décor can drastically influence an individual’s mindset in a setting that can otherwise be stress-inducing.
Carts are extremely important in a medical setting as they give mobility to instruments and devices that may otherwise be difficult or even unsanitary to transport. Examples of carts you may need in your healthcare facility are crash carts, medical supply storage and specialty carts such as those for catheters and phlebotomy.
You may or may not need certain specialty items for your exam room, depending on what type of practice you’re operating in. Specialty items include fluid warmers, scales, recliners, IV poles, Mayo stands, phlebotomy chairs, sanitizer dispensers and more.
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