Message - Re: what's the difference between any hospital and long term care hospital ??

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Posted by  a doc on December 14, 2002 at 17:40:21:

In Reply to:  what's the difference between any hospital and long term care hospital ?? posted by Tamo on December 11, 2002 at 16:41:10:

I'm a physician who is looking over my architect/husband's shoulder and he said "Hey, help this guy out!'

Increasingly subspecialized hospitals (like a pediatric oncology or 'childrens' cancer hospital) are built not as separate free-standing enterprises, but adjacent and connected to another full service hospital. This allows for avoiding costly duplication of services (especially like surgery or imaging/radiology) and permits consultants to more easily access one hospital from the other.

If you do design a completely free standing hospital, you would probably need to include an operating room, imaging center with MRI, CT, general radiology and nuclear medicine.

Immunosuppression/infection is a big deal in cancer care, so there have to be wards where every room has special air venting and no infected patients are allowed to share space.

Many pediatric cancer patients are in the hospital for LOOOONG periods of time - often months after a bone marrow transplant - so making at least some of the rooms more like apartments, to accomodate visiting or even live-in family is a trend.

Almost all pediatric hospitals or wards now have bigger play areas with separate 'teen rooms' to allow the kids to live as normally as possible.

Last of all - I have yet to see a hospital that has adequate work space for the staff.

Hope this helps you!

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