November 19, 2013
Healthcare is a prime sector to consider new design, efficiency and green thinking in facilities. As healthcare is exposed and promotes multidisciplinary thinking where better to apply cross platforms to operationalize energy efficiency, safety, ergonomics, technology and patient care. When considering “The Hospital Room of the Future -A patient-centered design could reduce infections, falls, errors—and ultimately costs” but more so, change the concept of facility design and functionality. The remaking of the room is an important step.
In sustainability new applications are considered and produced to determine opportunities for continuous improvement. Healthcare and technology are linchpins to developmental change within design in infrastructure, environment, safety that advance health and safety. Where better to see this evolvement but in healthcare.
“Doctors and nurses, architects and designers all say the room setting has an important but largely neglected role to play in the delivery of quality care and outcomes.” The role of room has been realized in industrial studies as related with a correlation to productivity and health. Further, consider cross connectivity of patient to room. It is reported that, “One out of every 20 patients admitted to a hospital picks up an infection while there, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These infections can be serious and deadly, and they cost the U.S. $10 billion a year. But recent studies indicate that at least half can be avoided. And the design of patient rooms is one of the best places to start.”
“With all the knowledge we’ve gained,” says Douglas Wood, director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, “we can increasingly create an environment in the hospital to minimize the transmission of bacteria, increase the circulation of air, and reduce pain, discomfort and poor clinical outcomes.”
The knowledge that many and much of our facilities have not changed nor how we consider these structures. “The hospital room has changed little since the post-World War II years, when there was a shift to semiprivate rooms from wards. But even then, the patient wasn’t central to the plan. Now, the patient room of the future is being designed as a safe, private, comfortable place conducive to healing.”
When rooms are considered safe places and organic environments this sustainable thinking will advance design to produce vitality, safety and health. Further, rooms are not your mom and dad’s space anymore they are functional tools and not places to show up.