Medical Technology Workshop Planned and Developed by Elabo
Elabo has equipped hospital in Erlangen, Germany, with a new medical technology workshop.
The Waldkrankenhaus St. Marien Hospital, which has 365 beds (270 acute care beds, 55 geriatric rehabilitation beds and 40 long-term care places at the associated nursing home), was built in Erlangen in 1959. Over the years, management and staff of the hospital have acquired an excellent reputation by living their motto of "caring for people". This is also reflected, for example, in a survey that was conducted by the Techniker health insurance fund: the hospital was ranked No. 16 in all of Germany for "patient satisfaction". It would seem that the hospital is also going the right way about handling young patients: twice a month, groups of kindergarten children are taken on guided tours aimed at eliminating the youngsters' fear of hospitals.
On the other hand, it is unlikely that patients and visitors are aware of what is going on in the medical technology workshop located in the basement of the building. From electrocardiograph machines to mobile X-ray equipment, all the medical devices have to be regularly inspected and serviced in this facility. They are, after all, vital for a patient's survival, for example when they are needed to provide information in the course of an operation. That is why, on the 50th anniversary of the hospital, the medical technology workshop was given the "green light" to acquire new premises and new equipment.
Elabo planned the layout in close consultation with the Head of Medical Technology, Martin Saffer. This led to the creation of "work islands" in the facility: there are three documentation workstations, two standing workstations for inspecting and testing large equipment items such as electrocardiograph machines, and a corner combination incorporating a storage element as well as a power supply and measuring and testing devices all in one superstructure unit. The documentation workstations and the corner combination are separated from each other by a combination of side cabinets that also provide the necessary storage space.