Don't get twisted: Consider ergonomics when laying out your veterinary clinic
Vicki Pollard, CVT, AIA
Vicki Pollard is a certified veterinary technician and veterinary architect at Animal Arts in Boulder, Colorado. She also speaks at the Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Conference.
If one surface or piece of equipment is slightly out of place, you're going to regret it after the 10,000th time reaching for it. Save wear and tear on every member of your staff by making a point of placement.
If your clinic layout is pleasing to the eye, that's a nice thing. But take it from veterinary architect and HospitalDesign360 speaker Vicki Pollard, AIA, CVT: Pieces and people must work together efficiently and comfortably in the physical space of your practice. That's right-we're talking ergonomics.
Different areas of the hospital call for different functionality and arrangement. Here's how Pollard recommends your clinic be set up.
Where desk duties and paperwork are taking place, it's just what you'd think.
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"In your front areas, reception areas and charting stations, you want to have your counters at 30 inches, which is the standard seating height," she says.
On the other hand, the optimum height for treatment tables is 36 inches above the finished floor.
As for exam rooms, it's all about being able to tend to the patient while having access to the devices and supplies you'll need.
"You want to place your equipment close enough so you don't have to move too far away from the animal," she says "so that you're not twisting and bending when you don't have to."
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