Proper Preparation (Planning) Prevents Poor Performance

We can all relate to this scenario; Something comes up at the last minute and we are forced to make hurried decisions. This creates pressure and stress while minimizing our ability to carefully plan ahead. My grandfather consistently repeated the phrase “proper preparation prevents poor performance”, which is as important in today’s fast paced work environment as it ever has been.

3D man wearing helmets with "under construction" sign isolated over white.jpegTake, as an example, construction projects within Healthcare facilities. Facilities are initially built to service certain patient demographics and to meet the needs of the surrounding communities. As time passes, these needs change and hospitals respond by undergoing some sort of new addition or renovation. Unlike new construction projects, hospitals can rarely shut down when additions are built or spaces renovated. Often this means crews will be working in patient occupied areas and now patient's comfort and security needs to be considered during the initial project planning.

Intentional preparation, or planning, is very important when starting a construction project as it helps shape the goals, gather the necessary resources, and complete a budget.

With over 350 Hugs Patient Security Systems installed and supported within our focus area, Innovative Medical Systems (IMS) frequently receives last minute calls regarding a new addition or renovation. Unfortunately, we have found that the impact of the construction project on the Patient Security System is often overlooked and we are forced to be reactive instead of proactive. We believe that an essential ingredient in a successful project is advanced planning. When the hospital engages IMS during the planning phase we have time to review the project, provide input on the design and phasing, and have resources allocated to do the work when required. This greatly reduces frustration and increases the probability of a successful project.

IMS understands that there are no cookie-cutter solutions to construction projects so here are some thoughts to consider when planning a project:

  • Is there a Patient Security System installed in the construction area?
  • Will the walls or ceilings be impacted where the Patient Security System components are installed?
  • Will the protected doorways be changed or relocated?
  • Will any of the Patient Security System PC’s need to be relocated and reinstalled?
  • Once the project is completed, will there be patients in the area that will need to be protected by a Patient Security System (new installation or expansion)?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, or want to find out more about the Hugs Patient Security System, please give IMS a call. With over 18 years’ experience in patient security, we can help you properly plan for success!