- Respond to Regulations & Reform The Affordable Care Act is changing both how and where health care is delivered. HCAHP scores are impacted by the patient experience, which is greatly influenced by how we design and furnish space.
- Accommodate Rapidly Changing Technology Technological advances continue to fundamentally alter how health organizations deliver care and manage health while keeping costs down. We design interiors that are agile and ready to host technology that has not yet been developed.
- Recognize the Shortage of Talent With a projected shortage of healthcare professionals and an increasing demand on the healthcare system, it is more important than ever to recruit and retain the best medical professionals. Space can help protect healthcare worker’s wellness, as well as increase accuracy, efficiency and effectiveness.
- Encourage Cost-Avoiding InnovationThe aging population and the rising cost of healthcare are spurring innovations in care delivery and cost reduction. For example, one out of every 25 patients will contract a HAI. Innovative selection of the materials patients come in contact with can help lower the incidents of HAI.
- Enable Proactive, Distributed Care Healthcare is shifting from the current centralized model of reactive intervention to a more proactive, wellness care model. That means care is being delivered in different locations and spaces. Those spaces need to be agile and able to host ever-changing technologies.
Electronic Bedside Charting
Electronic charting is becoming the rule rather than the exception. A well designed bedside charting station makes healthcare information technology even more efficient and effective.
Giving your hospital rooms more residential warmth can reduce patient stress and increase HCAHP scores.
The cost of injuries due to patient falls is expected to hit $32.4 billion by the end of the decade. Patient room floor plans, especially the bathroom location, can greatly decrease the danger of falls.
Infection Control Flooring
Don’t let under foot be out of mind. Use flooring designed to help battle infection and give germs no place to hide.
Let There Be Light
Patients aren’t the only ones who love natural light. One study showed 70% of staff said abundant natural light had a positive impact on their work lives.
Cancel the Noise
Use of sound-masking audio waves can reduce distractions and ensure privacy in HIPPA-sensitive settings.
Obesity rates continue to rise. Make everyone feel welcome and comfortable by subtly blending pieces that accommodate obese patients in with other furniture.
Incorporating this four square game layout into a smooth, easy-to-clean floor surface creates a more interactive environment that encourages patients to open up and feel more comfortable.
These finishes give a softer feeling to the space yet are still durable, high-impact resistant and easy to clean.
Rather than having furniture bolted down for safety, use a variety of seating options to create a more flexible environment that gives patients a sense of control and self-worth.
Closer to Home
Create a more home-like space that promotes positive behavior. Although built for a behavioral health environment, this furniture does not look institutional.
The presence of friends and family can speed recovery and improve patient morale. Make sure they have enough room and feel welcomed and comfortable.
Uniform Room Layout
Laying out all patient rooms exactly the same, known as “same handed rooms,” helps make navigation instinctive for caregivers and can reduce medication errors.