Have you ever been in a hospital that seems to function terribly for everyone? The nurses are struggling to find items, the rooms do not work for anyone, the lights are sole draining, and more.

Sure, we all have been there. This is why Evidence Based Designs are so important in the healthcare architecture field and the architecture field as a whole.

What is Evidence Based Design (EBD)?

Evidence Based Design is used widely in the architecture field from the healthcare industry to civil industry it is a well-known concept. The best way to explain EBD is to simply look at something, such as a building, and look beyond the limitations of that building and try to design it in a better way.

 This is the case in hospitals because the building environment can affect the patients and professionals in their buildings.

All of the research on design and construction with healthcare facilities in EBD is used to refine the new concepts and focuses on evidence for current problems and how they can be fixed. This has been occurring in healthcare facilities for the past 10 years or longer. Healthcare architects are moving towards buildings that are better for everyone!

There are several advantages of EBD in healthcare facilities!

Advantages of Evidence Based Design in Healthcare Facilities:

1. It enhances better patient safety and patient care! For example: if a hospital is having difficulties with patients acquiring Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) more than normal, then a solution needs to be found. This is why newer hospitals have moved to private rooms. This is because it decreases HAIs and help patients recover faster.

2. The right storage systems can reduce medication errors. The most common inpatient errors occur with medications.

A study shows that 5% of patients experience an Adverse Drug Event (ADEs). This happens when a clinician or other healthcare professional lack communication, nurse gives patient medicine, and the patient takes medicine that is wrong.

This can be resolved with FlowCARE Nurse Server.  FlowCARE is secure and easy to organize from inside and outside the room. This would help with patients getting the right medicine because clinicians can stock the server and the nurses can check the medicine all in one step.

3. A better design means patients heal better. The smallest touches inside a patient’s room can help speed up their recovery time.

This can be done by simply adding artwork that resembles outside, having large windows, and more. Studies show that patients have healed faster and better when simply having the option to view the outside through a window!

4. It isn’t only for the patients. EBD helps the healthcare staff as well.

This is because staff will have a more efficient workspace and the quality of the space will be better. A decentralized nursing station is great for the nurses.

A decentralized nurse station, like FlowCARE, can help nurses with patient care time, less time spent of administrative tasks, less people ringing the call bells, and overall better workflow.

EBD and Its Overall Impact!

As you can tell, there are a number of advantages to EBD! However, for architects what are the biggest impacts at the end of the day with EBD.

  • It saves time. The research has already been conducted before, you use it to make the best designs, and add your new research.
  • This makes the design process much faster because common problems have been approached and solved before.
  • You can avoid designing a healthcare facility that harms the patients and healthcare professionals more than it helps.
  • At the end of the day, it just makes everything more efficient! You have everything designed and laid out the best way possible.

Healthcare facilities are designed to hold many different people and different illnesses, making EBD even more essential.

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FlowCARE Nurse Server is a patent-pending decentralized nurse server. Have questions? Call us today.

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