New state-of-the-art emergency department that located in Santa Barbara, United States, was designed by HFP Architects. A central staff station was developed with control visibility over all of the entrances and the trauma spaces. A secondary staff station was created in the north hallway for staff communication. A single receptionist and triage nurse greeted each prospective patient as they walked into the ED Lobby, and the triage nurse immediately took the patient into the unit and assigned the patient a room based upon her/his analysis of the severity of the patient’s illness.
The concept was a scenario with no patient waiting and rapid through-put for quick diagnostic results, thus shortening the patient’s length of stay. Also, two isolation rooms were developed with the unit. One, off the reception/triage, allows the nurse to admit the patient to an isolation room without contaminating the interior of the Emergency Department.