Neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) with private rooms may not be optimal environments for infants. Pineda and team evaluated 2-year-olds who had been patients in NICUs. Those who’d been randomly assigned to private rooms were different from those who had been in open ward NICUs - they had “lower language scores . . .
A pilot project evaluates the impact of a multifaceted ‘optimal healing environment’ intervention.
Researchers have investigated the design of environments that promote children’s health, from pediatric hospitals to neighborhood streets to play areas.
Hand washing and art—there are few elements of healthcare environments that are more often researched, but new solutions are still being revealed.
Several recent studies have clarified how space can be used to meet individual patient and caregiver needs.
Noise volume matters in the operating room, multi-tasking fails under neuroimaging, and occupant workspace satisfaction mainly depends on three factors.
Hospitals can be seen through different lenses, such as a business case lens, a cultural lens and an ethical lens, and all have implications for design.
Identical (and not mirrored) patient rooms show benefits, and there is an increasing emphasis on patient bathroom design.
Good design can support nurses' performance in larger units.
Professors at Clemson University, Architecture + Health; Birdtree Studio; and NXT have researched expected changes in health care and developed a patient room that will optimize the 2020 healthcare experience.