Healthcare Recharge Areas (02-05-21)

Putrino, Ripp, Herrera, Cortes, Kellner, Rizk, and Dams-O’Connor studied the effects of space design on healthcare workers’ moods.  They report that after a neuroscience lab was redesigned as a healthcare staff relaxation area “Frontline healthcare workers were invited to book 15-min experiences in the Recharge Room before, during or after their shifts, where they were exposed to the immersive, multisensory experience. . . users . . . completed a short survey about their experience. . . . After a single 15-min experience in the Recharge Room, the average user-reported stress level was significantly reduced.”  The Recharge Room was described by the researchers: there were “multisensory (visual, auditory, and olfactory), nature-inspired experiences. . . . environments include silk imitation plants, projected scenes of soothing natural landscapes, low lighting that is tailored in color to match the projected landscapes, high definition audio recordings of nature sounds paired with relaxing music, and an infusion of essential oils and calming scents using an essential oil diffuser.”

David Putrino, Jonathan Ripp, Joseph Herrera, Mar Cortes, Christopher Kellner, Dahlia Rizk, and Kristen Dams-O’Connor.  2020. “Multisensory, Nature-Inspired Recharge Rooms Yield Short-Term Reductions in Perceived Stress Among Frontline Healthcare Workers.”  Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 11, 560833,