For decades, healthcare facilities were designed to host as many patients as possible in order to maximize profit. The patient-centered design movement has changed the way that hospitals are designed by emphasizing the importance of larger, more private patient rooms. While larger rooms may improve the patient experience, other spaces, like storage areas, may suffer. Storage space is not as important of a consideration in hospital and clinic design. Because of this, many healthcare facilities lack adequate storage space.
Healthcare reform has made healthcare more accessible than ever. However, this influx of newly-insured patients is putting a strain on hospitals’ already limited storage space. A lack of storage space may make it difficult to order new supplies, causing problems with the hospital supply chain, or even stock outs! Staff may also become frustrated with the clutter and inventory issues caused by a lack of storage.
When storage rooms and supply closets are full, hospital administrators must use creativity to find new hospital storage solutions. A common quick fix is often to convert a patient room into a storage room. However, this solution is not ideal because less patient beds mean less profit. Other healthcare providers faced with a lack of storage turn to off-site storage as a solution. However, they quickly learn how inconvenient and inefficient it is to drive supplies back and forth between the storage facility and hospital.
The demand for better patient rooms and more storage space is pushing many healthcare administrators to consider building or buying new facilities. However, declining reimbursements and tight profit margins are causing many healthcare facilities to put their re-building plans on hold.
Luckily, there’s another hospital storage solution that’s both convenient and affordable: portable storage containers! Many healthcare facilities use portable storage containers because they’re affordable, and it’s easy to schedule deliveries and pick-ups.
Portable storage containers are convenient and easy to access because they are located on-site. Instant Storage offers portable storage containers in a wide variety of sizes and configurators, so there’s an option for every healthcare provider. For example, shelves can be installed to store files and paperwork. Steel doors and secure locks ensure that your documents and equipment stay safe.
Other benefits of hospital storage solutions from Instant Storage include:
- Freeing up patient rooms being used for storage space
- Eliminating the need to travel to and from an off-site storage facility
- Eliminating stock outs and other inventory issues
- Easy access to infrequently used equipment and supplies
- Avoiding the need to invest in new buildings