Emergency departments must be designed to handle high-stress situations and run efficiently while answering the challenges that come with a diverse patient population, ranging from safety and security to behavioral health issues. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Despite efforts to reduce—or eliminate—waiting in healthcare facilities, many patients still need a place to sit. Research shared at the Healthcare Design Expo in Houston illustrated how and where people are sitting in specific waiting rooms and some important design considerations to improve the experience.
This year’s honorees—D. Kirk Hamilton and Jaynelle Stichler—have coedited the HERD Journal for more than a decade. At the Healthcare Design Expo in Houston, they discussed how their careers in architecture and nursing, respectively, eventually led to writing, research, and advocating for evidence-based design.
Lessons learned after the opening of the 1.6 million-square-foot outpatient center drove design improvements on four shell floors, which were on display during one of the facility tours at this year’s Healthcare Design Expo & Conference.