Storage

A universal problem with older ICUs is the lack of storage space. Each ICU bed requires an additional 25 per cent floor space for storage of consumable items. Space for equipment is additional, depending on the ICU inventory. An ICU bristling with heavy equipment (e.g. imaging, hemodialysis, and cardiopulmonary bypass machines) may require double the extra space. A crude estimate of the minimum storage space requirement is 30 per cent of total bed areas. Storage rooms should be dedicated (e.g. for linen, intravascular consumables, intravenous fluids, respiratory care, and electronic equipment). Frequently used items should be located closer to patients. Some items, such as linen, can be stored in alcoves with open shelves rather than in rooms or cupboards. The storage area for electronic equipment should have facilities for recharging battery-operated devices. Storage plans should also allow for space to park prepared treatment trolleys (e.g. dressing and monitoring trolleys).

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