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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.

Healthcare Facilities Solutions Guide

Healthcare facilities are complex. The cost to deliver healthcare to a population that is growing and living longer continues to increase. Hospital management must balance financial, operational and clinical goals while addressing ever changing regulations. The effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are still not fully clear. Now more than ever it is important to reduce the total lifecycle costs of your facility and enable it to adapt to the future demands as the roles of buildings evolve in the continuum of care.

7 Strategies To Improve Patient Satisfaction

Hospital reimbursements are now influenced, in part, by patient satisfaction scores. Read about seven areas to target in your hospital for happier, more satisfied patients. Read white paper.

Noise reduction strategies for the 21st century hospital

Historically, Florence Nightingale is credited with bringing up the issue of noise in 1859, saying “Unnecessary noise, or noise that creates an expectation in the mind, is that which hurts a patient.”  It takes a team approach and fresh thinking to tackle the factors making today’s hospitals twice as noisy as they were 50 years ago. The design community has numerous tools in their kit to bring quiet to healing.

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