Newly adopted codes require that new buildings must have an outside window or outside door in every sleeping room, with a sill height no higher than 36 inches above the floor. But what does this mean for short-stay units?
Health systems are starting to dip their toes in a new model of care that concentrates on patients who require significant clinical management and provides an alternative to inpatient or emergency settings. The move calls for a potentially unique healthcare environment, and a project in-progress offers an example of what might be done.
The number of patients classified as not requiring inpatient admission is growing, meaning hospitals and their design partners must find solutions to support a short-stay environment. Blogger Sheila Cahnman shares some ideas on where to stray from a traditional observation unit approach.
Research indicates that efforts to create an ultra-clean patient environment may actually be removing ecosystems that can help patients heal, calling for a new paradigm in how hospitals are designed and maintained.
Last week, headlines proclaimed that a new study showed that facility design has little effect on patient satisfaction—but the details of the study suggest otherwise.
For years, healthcare designers have worked to create spaces that promote healing. But in an age where health and wellness are at the forefront of medicine, what about designing environments that actually improve health? Here are a few ideas.
Physicians have expressed growing professional discontent in recent years, a trend that could affect outcomes and patient satisfaction. Have design decisions played a part in lowering morale? If so, how can it be repaired?
In the second part of a two-part series on healthcare megaprojects, blogger Sheila Cahnman explores the inherent challenges of working overseas that are exacerbated by the scale of these projects. But with thoughtful planning and project management, plenty of opportunities still exist.
A review of the largest projects on the books today reveals that megaprojects—those coming in at more than 1 million square feet and 1,000 beds—are still out there and predominantly overseas, answering a host of needs surfacing around the globe.
Plenty of personal preference is revealed when stakeholders weigh in on the design of new healthcare facilities. But what really matters at the end of the day, and how can architects play a role in drawing that out?