Category Archives: Kathy Clarke

Bed Shortage? How to Stretch Hospital Capacity-Part 2

patient volume surge

May 27, 2015  |  Kathy Clarke

Every system has surges in volume, whether they are predictable or unpredictable surges. Most facilities were not designed to handle either type of surge – it’s simply not cost effective. But staff can make the best of their inflexible facilities by knowing what to do in case of a surge in volume. In the previous… | Read More

Bed Shortage? How to Stretch Hospital Capacity-Part 1

Patient volume surge stretch capacity

May 26, 2015  |  Kathy Clarke

Every system has surges in volume, whether they are predictable or unpredictable surges. Most facilities were not designed to handle either type of surge – it’s simply not cost effective. But staff can make the best of their inflexible facilities by knowing what to do in case of a surge in volume. There is a… | Read More

How to Catch More Illegal Weapons at ED Security: Expert Advice

How to catch more illegal guns at hospital emergency department security

May 6, 2015  |  David Martin and Kathy Clarke

“Security presence” in the emergency department can be as simple as an officer sitting in a chair at the greeter desk. Or it can be as involved as a metal detector, a canine team, and ambulance patient wanding. The level of security that is right for your hospital is best determined by local security and… | Read More

Incarcerated Patients in the Emergency Department: How Safe is Your Facility?

inmate

March 18, 2015  |  David Martin and Kathy Clarke

Many emergency departments (EDs) care for the types of detained patients who require a legal blood draw to validate alcohol intoxication levels, or who sustain injuries from an altercation. However, a select group of emergency departments service a substantial volume of medium to maximum security patients brought from local, state, and federal prisons for emergency… | Read More

How Hospital Staff Can Improve Patient Satisfaction With Scripting

felt speech bubble

March 11, 2015  |  Kristyna Culp and Kathy Clarke

We encounter “scripting”, or standardized responses, every day. Order a cheeseburger and the cashier will ask if you want to Supersize it. Rent a car and the staff will ask whether you prefer the gas purchase option. Fill up with gas and the screen on the gas pump asks if you would like a car… | Read More

Isolation Unit Design Strategies for Complying with CDC PPE Guidelines

Ebola healthcare worker training in Anniston, Alabama, USA

February 3, 2015  |  Kathy Clarke

Once an Ebola patient presents at the ED, they must proceed from triage or the EMS entry directly to an isolation room. We developed a range of solutions for converting or creating isolation space to comply with the October 20, 2014 CDC guidelines for PPE donning, doffing, and staff observation. Approaches vary from interim configurations… | Read More

National Nurses Week: Honoring Kathy Clarke

Kathy Clarke

May 12, 2014  |  Frank Brooks

As part of our National Nurses Week blog series, today we focus the spotlight on Kathy Clarke, RN BSN CEN, a FreemanWhite staff member and an integral part of our ED design team. Kathy Clarke hails from a family of Detroit firefighters, from whom she learned the many challenges first responders face in the field…. | Read More