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Hospital Emergency Wait Times… and Out of Date Surroundings

By Owen Lawrenson | May 22, 2017

In reading a report done by the Auditor General, it was alarming to notice that Ontario wait times were higher than the R.O.C., higher than Australia, the UK, the US, and significantly higher than Germany and the Netherlands. So, why is that? What is causing suffering Ontario citizens to spend more time waiting to be admitted…

Interior Renovations: How long do things last?

By Owen Lawrenson | October 25, 2016

How long will my facility interior products last? Window coverings, privacy curtains, lockers and toilet partitions all have a typical useful life of less than 10 years, whereas some products that are deemed “optional” like surface protection, handrails and doors actually prolong the life of the interior design elements they are designed to protect, and…

Commercial Window Coverings – Why your Facility Needs Them

By Owen Lawrenson | September 15, 2016

Your windows have a significant impact on both energy consumption and employee productivity at your facility. Windows and their coverings comprise a major share of a facility’s budget, and can be hard to manage. Allowing for daylight, windows contribute to a favourable and relaxed environment, however, they can also cause problems and challenges for facility…

Improving your Healthcare Facility

By Owen Lawrenson | August 11, 2016

Innovative design is not a term typically used to describe healthcare facilities. Most Canadian centres constructed in the middle of the last century, were not designed with patient comfort in mind -frightening medical equipment, stark decor, and lack of privacy. As the baby boomer population grows older, many hospitals and healthcare facilities are being constructed…

Efficiency and Adaptability –Two of the most important words in facility management:

By Owen Lawrenson | June 28, 2016

Facilities have always been focused on a positive reflection to their company’s bottom line, however, as a number of organizations continue to concentrate on metrics, others have begun to focus toward more personalized, customizable settings, and the ability for organization to innovate, while aiming to drive lucrative results. Facilities are seeing the advantages of adopting…

Do Your Vendors Speak Project Management?

By Owen Lawrenson | May 26, 2016

When your organization is going through a major renovation or adding another wing, there is of course a need for a project manager. More and more often, even smaller projects are given a manager to ensure they meet expectations, and are completed on time and on budget.  All too often however issues arise when managing…

Hospital Falls & the Use of Handrails

By Owen Lawrenson | May 24, 2016

As the sixth leading cause of death among older adults in Canada, falls and injury are a serious health concern to hospitals and healthcare facilities in Canada. It is estimated that approximately 1/3 of seniors in Canada (aged 65+) will experience a serious fall that can pose a major impact on ones physical and psychological…

Time to Throw in the Towel: 5 Benefits to Using High-Speed Hand Dryers in Your Facility

By Owen Lawrenson | April 28, 2016

Since the introduction of hand dryers into public restroom settings, efficiency and practicality have been questioned, as patrons and facility management debate which is better – hand dryers or paper towels. Hand dryers are available in two variations: the standard, warm-air model and a high-speed model, introduced in the early 2000s. Current high-speed models are…

Hospital Overcapacity: How is your facility accommodating patients?

By Owen Lawrenson | April 13, 2016

At any given time, Canadian Hospitals are running at between 102% and 104% of their capacity. At busy times such as FLU season, its even higher. How is your facility accommodating these extra patients? Overcap is often a daily struggle for health care facilities. At any given time, there may be one or two areas…

Preventing Healthcare Related Infections

By Owen Lawrenson | March 10, 2016

Curtains still remain the most popular means of offering patient privacy in multi-patient hospital rooms today. Have you ever considered the link between privacy curtains and infection control in a medical environment? The purpose of the curtain is to provide privacy to the patient during personal procedures and care as well as to provide some…

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