The South Pavilion features 200 private patient rooms. A growing body of research has created a compelling case for the benefits of the private-room environment.
In fact, findings suggest that the patient experience in several areas may be improved with private rooms:
- Infection rates: Single rooms lower the chance of airborne infections by eliminating proximity to infected patients. Fewer infections can mean shorter lengths of stay in the hospital. In addition, it is easier to comply with hand-washing procedures in single rooms than in semi-private rooms where sinks may be shared.
- Patient falls: Patients who fall incur physical injuries and other negative effects, and can have lengthier hospital stays because of it. Many falls occur when patients attempt to get out of bed unassisted. Studies indicate that, because space is available in private rooms, family members are likely to spend more time with the patient and are present to assist them when they are getting out of bed. A new nurse-call system will allow patients’ needs to be communicated directly to the appropriate caregiver, decreasing response time and helping to prevent falls.
- Medical errors: Single rooms reduce the number of patient transports. This is important because it promotes continuity of care and reduces opportunities for medical errors – such as medication mistakes – because of the consistency of staff members who are involved in patient care. Reducing the patient transport rate also reduces nursing paperwork and administrative time, transport time and assessment time, while increasing direct nursing time without additional cost.