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Better Care, Less Cost and More Value: Getting in Tune with New Healthcare Realities

With the national Affordable Care Act (ACA) now fully implemented, our healthcare system is making some huge adjustments. These adjustments are impacting everything from staff training to medical equipment to the furniture in a patient’s room. This new landscape is making providers examine every detail of their operations, and those providers are passing on challenges to suppliers of every stripe, including facility designers and builders, as well as furniture and equipment planners and specifiers.

Coated Fabric Upholstery Materials for Healthcare Settings: Selection and Disinfection

With the intensive and ever-changing demands of healthcare reform, providers of all stripes are demanding more access to reporting and transparency on their environments.  A white-hot spotlight is shining on furniture, specifically its upholstery, and how it contributes to and functions within the built environment.

Selecting upholstery material that is aesthetically pleasing and comfortable, while also durable and able to withstand the wear and tear of disinfectants, has proven to be a significant challenge to designers.

Understanding Wood: A Material Connection with Nature

Recent studies have proven that human beings’ connection with nature through the inclusion of wood veneers in the interior built environment provides an improved sense of well-being and comfort, reduced stress, and quickened patient healing. This can be attributed to the creation of a rich, warm, authentic environment brought about by this use of Biophilic Design.

Each species of wood veneer has its own unique characteristics, and presents different benefits to the built environment due to the multitude of colors, grains, cuts, and matching methods.

eBook: Reducing Noise and Improving Care in Modern Healthcare Facilities

The mission of many modern hospitals has expanded to not only include rehabilitation of a patient’s body, but also to rejuvenate their mind and spirit.

Patient Centered Design: More Control, Improved Outcomes, Better Scores

The future of design is focused on the patient.  HCAHPS survey scores are now tied to reimbursement rates, making every aspect of the patient experience influential, from admission to discharge.

With recent clinical research reports revealing the tremendous impact of patient centric environments on care experiences, architects and designers are now tasked to consider more than the simple clinical functionality of spaces.   They are being asked to consider the patient in every facet of environmental design.

Design Approaches To Reduce Patient-Fall Injuries

Each year, between 700,000 and 1 million patients fall while in the hospital.  That rivals the number of patients who contract a healthcare associated infection (HAI). Of those patient falls, 11,000 result in a fatality, and 30-35% result in injuries.

Impact of Interior Design on Autistic Adults and Children

Think of how you experience the world—it’s through touch, smell, and sight. For the 1 in 68 people born with autism, each sense is heightened so that walking into a room that isn’t designed thoughtfully can feel like a sensory minefield. This paper discusses the recent design trend of Autism Design, and reveals design goals and guidelines to successfully achieve a soothing and stimulant environment that enables autistic individuals.

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Sound Masking Brings Patient Comfort to a Modern Hospital: Case Study

The facilities team at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel had a good problem. Their beautiful three- story 200,000 square-foot hospital was designed to create an environment optimal for treating the whole patient – mind, body, and spirit. The specially designed curved hallways, modern architectural features, and floor to ceiling glass windows created a wonderfully pleasing and bright environment for patients and staff.

Biophilia: Designing with Nature in Mind

Now more than ever, the designed environment in healthcare is proving its increasingly vital role in the health and wellness industry. New research shows just how important investing in the designed space can be when it comes to promoting psychological wellbeing and economic responsibility.

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The Flawless Interior

The overall condition of a facility speaks volumes to not only those who live and work there, but also to visitors and potential users. The old adage is: You only get one chance to make a good first impression.

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