Archive January 2018 XIX, No. 1

Ideas That Work: The Cure for Cramped Quarters

Cramped Quarters VERTICAL STORAGE If you're running out of places to store things, take advantage of vertical storage. We push our wheelchairs under a cubby. On top sits our small pathology refrigerator for specimens.

The Cure for Cramped Quarters

Our 4-OR surgery center is one of the oldest ASCs in the country. When it was built in 1976, not much thought went in to storage space. In addition to a small supply room, we have precious little space to store stuff. If you're battling cramped quarters like us, you have to get creative. We've found that going vertical with cubbies, cabinets and shelves is a great way to expand storage space. For example, we built a cubby in PACU. On the bottom, we neatly park our 2 wheelchairs. The countertop holds our small pathology refrigerator for specimens and our linens for the day. We've also installed cabinets along the entire OR corridor to hold supplies, lenses and implants. What we don't have on walls we have in carts.

Vicki Burns, CASC
Surgecenter of Louisville (Ken.)

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