Constraint in Physical Spaces in a Hospital
Reynaldo O. Joson, MD, MHA, MHPEd, MSc Surg
February 20, 2012
It is an axiom that there will always be a constraint in resources in all hospitals at one time or another.
Let’s talk about physical spaces in a hospital.
There will always be a constraint in physical spaces in all hospitals at one time or another. Even at the time of construction of the hospital, there will already be an issue of constraint in spaces even if the owners have all the money and a huge land to build a hospital facility. The rapid advancement in medicine and technology is a major factor to this constraint. The owners usually want to have all state of the art facility and medical equipment but there are so many of them that constraint in spaces becomes an issue. Granting that the owners are able to have all the state of the art facility and medical equipment at the time of initial construction, again, because of the rapid advances in medicine and technology, usually with tendency towards addition rather than subtraction, sooner or later, there will be a recurring concern in constraint of physical spaces.
With this inevitable challenge in mind, what should the owners and hospital administrators do? Should they simply and keep on looking for more physical spaces to house new medical equipment as they arrive in the market and become so popular? If this be the case, there will be no end to this vicious cycle. Is there anything else that owners and hospital administrators can do before looking for more physical spaces? Yes, there is and this is called maximal utilization of resources (particularly on physical spaces). The term is simple but the concept, principles, and processes are complicated, especially in a hospital setting. I plan to formulate my thoughts, perceptions, opinions, and recommendations (TPOR) on maximal utilization of resources (particularly on physical spaces) in a hospital setting soon. Wish me luck. It is not easy. (To be continued.)