Purpose-built design will help support medication safety best practices in the new St. Paul’s Hospital. New, dedicated spaces will be available for staff to prepare medications in a quiet and calm environment.
At the current hospital, staff prepare medication in multi-purpose spaces, often where other supplies are stored. These spaces have more potential distractions, for example, staff coming in and out to grab supplies that aren’t medication-related.
In the new hospital, most areas will have dedicated medication rooms for staff to prepare medications and concentrate on detailed work, like calculating doses, in a calmer setting.
To help staff prepare medications, computers will be available in each medication room so they have easy access to patient’s medication administration records (MAR), policies, and procedures. Staff can quickly access medication through the automated dispensing cabinets (also known as ADC or Omnicell) that can dispense the right medication efficiently and accurately.
The size and configuration of medication rooms will vary across the hospital. Each room will include:
- Medication preparation space
- Intercom for staff to call for assistance or housekeeping
- Touchless doors
What are mock rooms? Mock rooms are life-size model mock-ups of key spaces in the new St. Paul’s Hospital. They are used to fine-tune designs and catch any issues before the hospital is built. Designs are subject to change. Want to watch more mock room tours? Click here.