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Dec 30, 2021
Creating Healing SpacesHealthcare will forever be a shifting landscape. Designing an effective, beautiful and safe healthcare facility is an intricate process, and as we still navigate COVID-19, the main theme we are taking into 2022 for hospital room design is creating a place that reflects calmness and ease. Safety is of the utmost importance, but patient comfort has also proven to be directly tied to their perception of "good care." It's clear that a hospital's environment has become a major player in patient contentment.
Warm, Inviting Hospital Interiors
Every medical facility should support the comfort of the patient. More healthcare spaces are considering that feeling of “home” in their design and layout, with the intention of providing a familiar feeling of comfort and downplaying the more institutionalized look.
Customized Patient Rooms
Being admitted into the hospital can be a scary, daunting experience for the patient. To further reduce the patient’s anxiety, healthcare facilities use a pre-arrival patient survey. These surveys ask about the patient’s favorite food, books they enjoy, and so on. Adding these small details go a long way.
Pops of Color
Introducing pops of color can enhance the mood of your patient, and make a sterile hospital room feel more comfortable. Colors can create positive distractions and enhance the look of the space.
Paying Attention to Lighting and Acoustics
Patients and staff need plenty of light and healthy ventilation. Nurses’ stations can often get loud, which can be distracting for patients. To solve these challenges, focus on the following features:
• Varied Lighting: The highest lighting levels are at the entrance to a patient room, where caregivers perform their tasks, as well as at nurse stations. Implementing dimming features and night lighting on the orange-red spectrum can reduce the risk of patient disruption while they’re trying to sleep.
• Quiet HVAC System: A super sound-insulating HVAC system or a white noise sound-masking system can reduce noise levels in rooms located near high traffic work areas.
• Ventilation for Comfort: Good ventilation improves patient and staff comfort, as well as patient health outcomes.
By designing patient rooms that encourage healing, provide modern conveniences and give patients a place of solace, the patient can have a totally transformed perspective on the level of care they receive.
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