How Hospital Design Helps Patients Heal!

How Hospital Design Helps Patients Heal!

  • Posted On : 1/31/2018 8:22 AM

We all know what a common hospital room looks like, whether we have been the patient or have been visiting friends or family members. The fluorescent lights that line the hallways and patient rooms. The small curtain that divides you and the other patients with little privacy between. A hospital can cost up to $760 per square foot to build, so why are so many lacking in design?

Hospitals are getting a total rehaul in 2018! They are doing out with the old and adding new methods which can enhance their patients’ abilities to heal faster and better!

Design Helps Keep Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) To A Minimum

It is no secret to the world, and in the healthcare field itself, that HAIs are very dangerous. It is common that 1 in 25 patients who are discharged will come back with a HAI. Every time a patient comes back to a hospital with an HAI, it costs the healthcare facility up to billions of dollars. Healthcare architects are coming up with designs to help combat this issue. A simple germ or bacteria can be found growing on doors and more, and they can also be transmitted between doctors and patients.

A common way most HAIs are kept to a minimum is with handwashing stations in each room, better air quality with venting systems, and how it is designed with furniture.

A great design feature to add to all hospitals is Moduflex, LLC. FlowCARE is a nurse server; however, it is not like traditional nurse servers. This is because it is custom-fitted during the construction process and gives nurses peace of mind. It is installed between the wall and each patient’s room. The materials it comes in also helps with the spread of HAIs.

Outside Landscape Can Be Therapeutic

Often times, people find themselves overlooking landscape when it comes to patient’s recovery time while they’re in the hospital. We can find throughout history that outside gardens and beautiful scenic areas have been used to help others. Research has found that viewing natural scenes fosters stress recovery and provoke positive feelings and reduces those negative thoughts and emotions. It also aids in helping with stress levels and overall helps patients recover faster.

An example of a hospital who has implemented landscape to help their patients is Shriners For Children Medical Center in Pasadena, California. They connect their patients with the outside through an accessible garden space on each floor, outdoor balconies with potted plants, and a rooftop terrace. The family members of each patient were also taken into consideration with outdoor seating while they wait for test results and x-rays, and the lobby offers a view of the garden on the first floor.

You can check this article out to learn more about outside landscape and its healing powers.

Design Can Keep Noise Level To A Minimum

It can be very difficult to sleep or try to relax and get better in a hospital. This is because of the constant noise that is occurring. An example of this, you can be laying in your hospital bed listening to machines beep, your neighbor talking with friends or watching television, doctors and nurses talking in the hallways and more! All of this noise makes it impossible to get rest and get better.

A study done in 2004 explains that hospital’s noise levels are not supposed to go over 30 dB; however, they found that the noise level could reach up to 80 dB! The increased level of noise can cause stress, increase blood pressure, and the inability to sleep for patients. It also affects the staff more than they realize. It can reduce their efficiency and productivity, this can also affect the patient’s health on top of everything else going on.

There are a number of common design methods being used to decrease noise in hospitals:

  • Hospitals are adding more single patient rooms instead of the standard two patient room.
  • Shorter hallways means less noise is traveling from the corridor to patient rooms.
  • Moving patient headwalls so other patients aren’t sharing a wall area with their headboards.
  • Replacing overhead loud speakers with pagers and cell phones to reduce interrupting patients’ rest.

Overall, the level of noise affects a hospital’s reviews with patients for their overall satisfaction. It is important to get the right balance, too much noise is detrimental and too little noise can make more unwanted sounds present. These include a child crying, other upset patients, emergency situations and more.  The easiest solution to this problem is to set quiet times at night for patients to rest and for others to know not to be disruptive.

Design Can Mean Shorter Hospital Stays

A hospital can be a terrifying place for patients of all ages. It is important to keep considering design to help patients in the long haul. Implementing an outside garden or healing space can help, keep noise levels down as much as possible, keeping HAIs at a minimum and more are simple but effective ways to help patients with recovery!

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Moduflex, LLC., is a nurse server made with nurses and patients in mind. We know that the right #StorageMatters for both the patients and the healthcare professionals. If you have any questions, give us a call!

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