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Thursday, September 29, 2022  |  9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Talking Toilets: The Evolution of the Inpatient Restroom

Joan Albert
Principal, Page
Phillip Chisholm
Director of Medical Planning, Page
Maggie Duplantis, MHA, RN
Director, Clinical Planning and Design Corporate Facilities & Construction, Houston Methodist
Sherrill Lanthier RN, BSN
Construction Planning Coordinator, Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital

Patient Room Restrooms are something every architect and owner spends time considering and designing. After 15 years, and 6 bed tower projects for Houston Methodist we have had the unique ability to continually develop a restroom model. Big and small changes were made and tested over time for an ever-evolving restroom model. These lessons learned came through input from diverse user groups and patients across Houston Methodist healthcare system. We will discuss the many iterations of the evolved restroom. Looking at general location of the restroom in relation to headwall regarding travel distance vs. useable wall space, down to the ideal drain type and location for both patient maneuverability and aesthetics. Storage is a constant challenge and we will look at the niches for utilitarian use and shelving for patient use and satisfaction. The team will discuss their best current solutions, as well as share their thoughts about continued evolution and future directions.

1: Consider Location relative to Headwall or Footwall; The pros and cons of access vs travel distance as well as barn doors vs swing doors.
2: Evaluate Drainage: How the location and type of drain impacts when it needs to be documented and how it looks. Slope of room and optimal tiles.
3: Resolve ADA issues: Use of vertical fold down bars as well as the height of grab bars as well as shower seats. Pre-fab construction will be discussed
4: Solve Storage issues: Where to put stuff: Storage options for linens, hairdryers and hampers as well as pass throughs. Central vs Decentralized

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