Using Shelled Space to Increase Bed Capacity for COVID-19 Patients

Posted by Annette Giuffrida-Levesque on Apr 17, 2020

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Across the nation, healthcare design is getting more attention than ever before. The general public is now acutely aware of the importance of infection controls, while stories of alternate care sites like tents, shipping containers and stadiums have permeated mainstream news. As Array helps our healthcare clients across the country rise to the challenges posed by COVID-19, we are sharing design solutions to help healthcare organizations at large.

When we were approached by a client in South Florida to identify ways to increase bed capacity for COVID-19 patients, the Array team devised three options that would make use of shell space. In making our recommendations, we weighed existing conditions, flexibility, and donning and doffing. Read my case study to see the options and learn more.


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The healthcare industry needs innovative solutions to battle the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. Array Advisors, Array Analytics, and Array Architects will continue to provide ideas, design, and data-informed tools to help support their clients on the front lines of caring for our nation. To that end, our team has created a resource hub to help.

Our new COVID-19 Resource Hub consolidates Array’s planning tools, dynamic predictive models and thought leadership at one destination. Designed with healthcare strategic planners, facilities managers, state-and-county level leaders, and providers in mind, the hub puts actionable strategies and customizable resources into the hands of those who need it most. The vast majority of materials on the site are accessible without an information exchange.

Updated as new tools are developed, the COVID-19 Resource Hub brings together the three perspectives at Array – Array Architects, Array Advisors, and Array Analytics – to offer tools that enable dynamic strategic planning, solutions for operational excellence, and process-led design. Notably, the hub offers an ICU bed demand tool to allow planners to pinpoint staffing shortages in their state, a surge capacity assessment tool to simplify assessing expansion options, and a surge capacity alternatives model to help health leaders identify unconventional resources for increasing bed capacity.


Topics: bed capacity, COVID-19 Bed Capacity