Gordon Friesen

Gordon Friesen was a hospital administrator in Toronto Canada before his interests in planning (especially materials management planning) became his life’s work. In addition to the nurse server he proposed the original “no nurse’s station” concept of decentralized nursing unit staffing and care planning. Further he co-developed the washer-decontaminator (sometimes erroneously called the washer-sterilizer) with AMSCO in the late 60’s and early 70’s as part of his materials management concepts for SPD as a centralized, hospital wide department freed from the Surgical Suite serving many customers. Gordon also was prominent in developing the clean core surgical suite concept with strict separation of clean and soiled traffic and a high degree of gowning technique and one way flow from clean to soiled though not the only advocate.

Contributed by John Michael Currie, AIA, FRSPH

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