While no one wants to end up there, but many of us have taken a trip to the hospital at one point or another. Whether it is for a life-threatening illness, a broken limb, or even cancer treatments, the environment can be terrifying at times.

Imagine being five to 15 years old and constantly visiting the hospital because of a medical condition. This is often the case with Pediatric Hospitals.

For healthcare architects, it can be difficult to take the wide array of patient ages into consideration as well as their family members, the medical staff, and more when building a new pediatric hospital or healthcare facility. These are some trends currently being used in designing a pediatric healthcare facility!

1. Welcome Children & Their Families

In a pediatric hospital, it is equally as important to make the kids and parents feel comfortable. This can be done in a number of ways.

You want the children to still feel like children at the end of the day, even though they may be in a life-threatening situation. Familiar imagery and recognizable elements along with spaces for relaxation and physical activity are all ways to help families with sick children cope. Some hospitals provide services such as:

  • Teen lounges for a quiet space for games, activities, and relaxing.
  • Classrooms for younger students who are staying in the hospital for an extended period of time.
  • Art programs to relieve stress and anxiety.
  • Outside spaces so that children are  able to roam around and expend any excess energy while gaining the benefits of interacting with peers.

2. You Need To Provide Space

A common misconception about pediatric designs is that they need less space; however,  the opposite is actually true. Natalie Hagerty states that, “in fact, it means we need even greater spaces.”

This is because of the large range of ages treated inside a pediatric hospital. Everyone from neonatal patients to young adults are part of the patient population in a pediatric hospital.

 An architect has to take into consideration the patient’s families, the equipment needed in each room, differently sized beds, and more.

3. The Proper Storage Units

Pediatric healthcare facilities come with a large amount of “stuff.” A solution to a number of common issues is the correct healthcare storage solution.  A great way to make more room and have the proper storage units is with a decentralized nurse station or nurse server.

This will help to store equipment and medications without traveling to another side of the facility for supplies. A great example of this is the FlowCARE Nurse Server.

This server can hold anything from medication equipment to linens, medications, and more inside of its walls. It is located conveniently 10 steps away from the patient at all times, and is secured with RFID technology. Additionally, it prevents Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) from getting inside.  

4. Safety and Security For Children! 

In a pediatric healthcare facility, the staff has to make sure that little fingers, hands, and arms cannot get pinched or caught in anything. You also want the staff to be able to see inside the rooms at all times.

As a nurse or doctor, you want a clear sight into the room in case the patient cannot speak well or is not verbal yet in case there are complications or requests from the patient. The last thing is to limit the number of exit points. It is easy for a child to run out of their room and exit one of the doors with no one the wiser.

Another great way to keep young patients safe and healthy is with the improvement and use of technology.  This includes everything from 3-D printing new limbs and extremities to a smartphone app that monitors when to take their medication and vital signs.

For more information on other pediatric hospital design ideas, follow this link.

At the end of the day, a pediatric hospital needs to be made for a large range of people. It must be spacious, relaxing, and open for imagination and play. Without these factors, a child will be less happy and more stressed, which can result in longer hospital stays.

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Modulflex Nurse Server is a decentralized nurse server built into healthcare facilities. For more information, give us a call.

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