Hospitals today are fast-paced, frenzied places. The goal, of course, is to get health care to as many people as possible. Hospitals around the world suffer similar problems in that they often have too much health care to administer, and not enough adequate facilities with which to do so. Furthermore, the types of health care that need to be administered are evolving as well, leaving many places with outdated or ineffective facilities with which to handle them. However, the Compass system seeks to alleviate some of these problems.

You may remember the revolutionary effect that interchangeable parts had in propelling forward the worldwide Industrial Revolution. The Compass system could do the same for the worldwide hospital system. The Compass system provides the latest in hospital technology, but with the adaptability that allows for the ever-changing needs of the hospital.

Some of the features include a rail system, which allows for the mounting of counters, sinks, and monitors. The sinks have been designed in a way which not only makes them interchangeable, but also to reduce splash, which lowers the risk of infection. The openness of the system also makes it so that it is difficult for bacteria to coalesce. More than a third of the materials used in the system are recyclable, and it’s made in a green way, with 60 percent being made from recycled contents. So, instead of throwing out the components during renovations, they can be reused, or better yet, simply used in another part of the hospital.

The Compass system isn’t perfect, but with many hospitals worldwide, especially those located in rural or impoverished places, it provides an affordable, sustainable, and efficient alternative to typical hospital layouts.


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