A Minimum Space Guideline for U.S. Air Force Optometry Services.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The purposes of this study were 1 to review and analyze present guidelines concerning Air Force optometric workspace allocation, and 2 to develop a proposal for new guidelines based on accepted standards found in the literature. A review of the literature concerning optometric clinical design is presented. The information gathered from the review is analyzed to determine the minimum space required for one optometrist and one technician to efficiently deliver full scope optometric care. The existing Air Force space allocation guidelines are critiqued by comparing them to these newly derived minimum space requirements. It is determined that an optometric service should contain at least 6 discrete areas covering a minimum 654 sq. ft.. The current guidelines call for only 4 different areas covering 440 sq. ft.. The newly derived space requirements are proposed as more cost-effective alternatives for guidelines and are used in the derivation of a model floorplan. It is concluded that an updating of current optometric space allocation guidelines, to include more space for additional services, would be conducive to more efficient delivery of Air Force vision care.
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