Assume the number of professional and administrative staff to be
40 percent of the total facility population. Alternatively, the following
ratio can be used: 1 staff for each 2.7 beds. Assume staff elevator trips to
be two trips per day, including the total number of staff.
Assume ambulatory inpatients to comprise 60 percent of the
inpatient census, and this number of inpatients will make 5 elevator trips
Assume each clinic patient to have one accompanying person for a
total of 2 persons per patient visit.
Nonambulatory patient and materials handling factors.
To determine the number
for prepared food trays, multiply the
number of meals served on all nurse
units times the 3 meals served each day.
The same dietary carts will be used
for collection of soiled trays. The
number of food carts will depend on
the cart size chosen for a particular
One patient nourishment cart will serve all patients on one ward,
twice daily. The same cart will be used for collection of soiled nourishment
Base linen cart capacity on a factor of 0.06 cubic meters (2 cubic
feet) per bed for clean linen delivery, while 0.12 cubic meters (4 cubic feet)
per bed is required for soiled linen collection. Limit linen supply carts to
1.2 cubic meters (40 cubic feet) capacity. Soiled linen return carts will
depend upon the soiled linen collection system selected.
Base the number of sterile reprocessed supply carts on the
a. Surgery: The average number of surgical procedures per day times 1.2
carts per procedure, plus one backup cart per operating room per day.
b. Delivery: The average number of obstetrical deliveries per day times
1.5 carts per procedure, plus one backup supply cart per delivery room
c. Emergency: The average number of patient visits per day times one
cart for each 80 patient visits.
The required number of medication carts will be determined as
a. Inpatient bed areas: One cart for each inpatient nursing unit.
b. Surgery and Delivery: The average number of procedures per day times
one cart for each 20 procedures.
c. Emergency and Clinics: The average number of patient visits per day
times one cart for each 160 patient visits.
18.104.22.168 Non-sterile supply carts will be provided as follows:
a. Inpatient Nursing Units: A volume of 0.05 cubic meters (1.7 cubic