Next Big Design: Health Outcomes Driving New Hospital Design

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Health Outcomes Driving New Hospital Design

Carol Ann Campbell of the New York Times reports that hospitals are undergoing a shift in making single patient rooms paramount for a patients healthcare. In her report, Campbell discusses how noisy and uncomfortable a hospital can be for individuals needing care. A single dwelling allows, calm, relaxation and much needed respite in an patients recovery. In the report it states, "The benefits of the single room emerged through evidence-based hospital design, a new field that guides health care construction. More than 1,500 studies have examined ways that design can reduce medical errors, infections and falls — and relieve patient stress."

As a designer, what elements would you introduce to aid in the recovery of a patient under a hospital's care?


Health Outcomes Driving New Hospital Design

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