Purpose: Emergency room(ER) is the first place to enter a hospital where patients who might have been infected with contagious disease. Therefore, ER should be designed with infection control in mind. Researchers examined hospital ER layouts to identify layout design that support infection control. Methods: This study analyzed the hospital ER layout of Korean and other hospitals abroad. Researchers focused on route of incoming patients who potentially have infectious disease. Crossing of this route with other routes such as for imaging and testing should be avoided for infection control. Results: There were certain hospital ERs with better control of infection related incidents. ER floor plan layout is analyzed about allocation of key functions with movement routes for each role such as patients and medical staff in mind. To identify layout strategies for ER functions researchers simplified the routes in ER into diagrams. Layout options show that bypassing infection suspected routes over other routes is possible. Implications: Hospitals can control infection easier when they adopt strategic ER layout identified in this study.
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