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Tuesday, September 27, 2022  |  1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Impacts of the Age Gap on the Design of Labor and Delivery Units

SPEAKERS
 
Colby Dearman, AIA, ACHA, LSSYB, LEED AP BD+C
Vice President, Sr. Medical Planner, HKS, Inc.
 
Mindy Goodroe, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LSSYB, LEED AP BD+C
Studio Practice Leader, Health, HKS Inc.
 
Rachel Khan, RN, BSN, MSN
Executive Director of Nursing for Women's and Children's Services, Wellstar Health System

Obstetrics has changed dramatically over the past several years. While women-of-child-bearing-age remains 15 to mid-40s, the age gap of first-time mothers has widened toward two extremes with more younger teenagers and older women giving birth for the first time. This, paired with socio-economic impacts, provides an increased volume of higher-risk mothers and babies. Multiple surveyed facilities will be compared, with both quantitative and qualitative data being presented. Each have a greater percentage of high-risk mothers which impact the design solutions while addressing external influencers – market forces, patient populations, facility conditions, site constraints, continued operations, etc. While each provides institution-specific goals they each address four common goals: improve the patient and family experience, maximize operation efficiencies, reflect and respond to market, prepare for inevitable change.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
 
1: Demonstrate the direct impacts of Labor and Delivery unit design that improve the physical, emotional, and social well-being of the unit’s occupants.
2: Explain clinical staff's desires for increased peer to peer connections while maintaining individual areas to work and focus.
3: Assess safety implications both actual and perceived among the clinical staff.
4: Identify planning methodologies that support the multi-acuity patient population mix within the same unit.
 
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