Industry News Briefs
Designing for Staff
While efforts to improve the patient experience may be the
primary driver behind healthcare design projects today, staff satisfaction isn’t far behind. Healthcare worker recruitment and retention is a critical issue for any organization, as is physician and nurse burnout.
To answer those needs, new facilities boast environments
that offer opportunities for both staff respite and wellness in addition to modern workspaces that support collaboration and team-based care delivery.
Additional considerations are made for everything from
safety and security to efficiency and communication.
Healthcare Design, more. . .
Design Contest Helps Fill Research Void for Behavioral Facilities
Growing awareness of the importance of behavioral healthcare is renewing focus on the design of inpatient psychiatric facilities, with the goal to provide welcoming, relaxing, safe environments that put patients at ease and help them be receptive to their treatment. However, according to leading researchers in the field of health environment design, evidence on the subject isn’t sufficient to influence the design of such spaces.
The Institute for Patient-Centered Design (IPCD), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the built environment to better meet the needs of patients and their families, has been working to fill this void over the past several years. In 2015, IPCD held a design competition focusing on the behavioral healthcare inpatient bedroom and bathroom, for which three finalists presented their ideas using virtual reality during an educational session at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference. Conference attendees then voted on the top design, selecting HDR’s “One Haven” project as the winner.
Healthcare Design, more...
Healthcare Facilities Balance Infection Control with Green Cleaning Efforts
According to the 2017 Leapfrog Group Hospital Survey, each day about one in 25 U.S. hospital patients contracts an HAI. These infections can significantly delay recovery, increase the cost of a hospital stay, and potentially result in death. The direct cost of HAIs to hospitals is estimated to be between $28 billion and $45 billion.
With that much at stake, healthcare facilities are tasked with sorting through a variety of products and devices on the market that promise to safely clean and disinfect furniture, equipment and rooms. They also are looking at how to balance infection control with green – or sustainable – cleaning efforts.
Healthcare Facilities Today, more...
Child-Ready: Envisioning Pediatric Spaces of the Future
Healthcare design requires careful thought, consideration and attention to detail, especially when designing for a pediatric population. While routine pediatric care is typically community based in medical office, ambulatory, urgent care, emergency and even community acute care hospitals, specialized, complex care is routinely sought out at pediatric centers of excellence.
Dedicated children’s hospitals of the future must provide all levels of inpatient and outpatient care for children of all ages, backgrounds and conditions. The design of these institutions must not only respond to known, documented, Evidence-Based Design attributes, but the planning considerations and design of such institutions must be visionary in response to a rapidly changing future. The criteria to develop the design of inpatient pediatric units can be categorized as follows: people, technology and safety & infection control.
Medical Construction & Design, more . . .
Note: On September 17, The Center will hold "Building Blocks: New Design Strategies and Solutions for Pediatric Settings" workshop in Baltimore. Early bird rate now available, more information here.
Seventh Annual Internationally Acclaimed CODAawards Celebrate Commissioned Art Projects
The internationally acclaimed CODAawards, now in their seventh year, celebrate the design projects that most successfully integrate commissioned art into interior, architectural, or public spaces. The awards, selected from projects around the world, honor the individuals and the teams whose collective imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire us every day. Submit projects for consideration by tomorrow, May 31, 2019.
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