Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Publication type: Conference paper
Type of review: Peer review (abstract)
Title: Towards a standardised definition of room categories for healthcare facilities (RakaS)
Authors: Gerber, Nicole
Kuchen, Oliver
et. al: No
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-17974
Proceedings: Research papers for the 18th EuroFM Research Symposium EFMC 2019 : 12-15 June 2019 in Dublin, Ireland
Editors of the parent work: Tucker, Matthew
Pages: 79
Pages to: 87
Conference details: 18th EuroFM Research Symposium, EFMC 2019, Dublin, Ireland, 12-15 June 2019
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher / Ed. Institution: EuroFM
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Schiphol-Rijk
ISBN: 978-94-90694-10-4
Language: English
Subjects: Room category; Benchmarking; FM in Healthcare; Hospital; Standardization
Subject (DDC): 362.11: Hospitals and related institutions
658.2: Facility Management
Abstract: Purpose: Different industry-wide room categorisation standards and norms pertaining to space definitions have been set up in recent years. However none of them are being completely applied in Swiss healthcare organisations because they apparently fail to fully cover the needs of Facility Management in Healthcare. To overcome this situation, the standardised Room Categorisation for Hospitals (RakaS) version 1.0 was presented combining different aspects of existing norms, as well as the needs voiced from practice; the framework had, however, yet to be validated after application in practice. Methodology: Another extended desk research into standardisations and norms for rooms and space was followed by a multi-stage evaluation process applying consortial research principles involving practice. A case study workshop with one specific hospital provided the basis for a semi-structured interview guideline for subsequent expert interviews with managers responsible for room-specific tasks in healthcare organisations. The sample includes eight different German-speaking Swiss hospitals of different categories. After a content analysis of the data, the framework could be validated, adjusted and extended. Key Findings: The existing systematically illustrated overview with all room categories and the corresponding table with various details concerning the definitions of the categories and rooms were slightly extended and refined. One major change is the introduction of color-codes indicating the differentiation between room categories. Based on the data analysis, a documentation describing the details of the discussions and decisions and a keyword index to support the finding of desired keywords concerning room category and room usage were developed and added to the framework. Intended Impact: RakaS 2.0 is now a validated framework, providing a foundation for a standardised room classification. It is thus the basis for both benchmarking between healthcare organisations in terms of room KPIs and for transferring data to digital models in a standardised manner, allowing better planning and calculation of the necessary areas before construction.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Facility Management (IFM)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: Standardisierte Raumtypenkategorisierung in Spitälern (RakaS)
Appears in collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.