New ER cures wait & privacy issues PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 11:12
Dawn Hiser, left, RN, and Holli Murray, registration, work at one of two new nurses station located inside remodeled ER at the Wood County Hospital. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Wood County Hospital is nearing completion of a $2.6 million, 15-month renovation and expansion of its emergency room.
The changes are designed to decrease wait times, increase privacy and provide doctors and nurses the advanced medical equipment they need to care for patients.
"The emergency room renovation was really in response to community needs and an increase in area usage," said Dodi Thompson, director of the emergency room. "So when they have an emergency we are here and they can depend on us."
The renovations begin at the entrance to the ER where patients now have a more private area to discuss what brings them to the hospital.
There is also a two-bed triage area designed to accommodate patients immediately if there is overflow in the ER.
"The goal is to get people back there quicker," Thompson said of the ER.
Inside the ER, there are more rooms, increased from 15 to 20. The rooms are enclosed by walls, sliding glass doors and curtains inside the doors. Previously, the ER had been partitioned off by curtains.
Remodeled ER room at Wood County Hospital.
Christine Wulff, RN, inside the new secure medication room located inside remodeled ER at the Wood County Hospital.
There are four trauma rooms and eight negative pressure rooms for patients who need isolation, for example.
The four trauma rooms have plenty of bright light and added space.
All the rooms are now equipped for cardiac capabilities.
"We are equipped to handle anything we need to," Thompson said.
The ER also has a sexual assault wing. The rooms are larger, have more furniture and their own bathroom and shower.
"They can take care of everything here in this room and not traipse into the other part of the ER," she said.
The ER also has two nursing stations and its own lab room. If the hospital chooses to do bed side labs in the future, the room can accommodate it.
"Not only did we renovate for now, but we also planned for the future," she said.
The renovation also included a technology upgrade. Nurses use mobile computer carts to chart patient data. The carts can go from room to room and replace the old-style clipboard charts.
The ambulance bay, used by more than 10 EMS providers, has also been revamped to accommodate changing technology.
"A lot of EMS providers have gone electronic. They just want to plug in to a port and send the data," she said.
The changes in the ER are part of the hospital's second phase of renovations. The ER renovations are expected to be finished by the end of November.

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