Construction With Care – For the care
We spend much of our time in buildings, and they can have a profound effect on our well-being, for better or for worse. Recent research is showing that effective building design is especially important in hospitals, the potential of which is often overlooked. This is the place where people come to get cured with all the safety provided, Hence it’s very important to make sure how to improve the delivery of health care, including through better design of health care buildings. It is also one of the most important sectors of the construction field which has to be built with extra care.
The construction has to foolproof plan and structure that no infections, stress due to more people, the infection should not spread, Because hospitals exist for a long time and are expensive to build and to operate, it is crucial to use the abundant, available empirical evidence to guide design. Hospital architects have long used evidence from engineering and other hard sciences to guide their work. From its initial focus on reducing patients’ stress, the evidence-based design evolved to include patient and staff safety; staff morale and productivity; and environmental sustainability.
Few steps to be considered are as follows:
- Audio environment, which includes sound-absorbing ceiling, walls and flooring; equipment noise; and music.
- Visual environment, such as natural light and nature views from windows, and artwork.
- Safety, including air quality and ventilation, easy-to-clean surfaces, staff’s visual access to patients; and ceiling hoists for lifting patients.
- Wayfinding, including the building entrance, signage, floor plans, and the information desk.
- Sustainability, which refers to energy-saving features, waste management, and building materials.
- Patient rooms, including consideration of single versus multi-bed rooms; patient control of light and temperature, and acuity-adaptable rooms to eliminate moving patients as their condition changes.
- Family support spaces, such as comfortable waiting areas, an overnight bed in the patient room, and outdoor gardens with seating.
- Staff support spaces, such as decentralized nurse workstations, the proximity of supplies and medications, and comfortable break areas.
- Physician support spaces, such as the quality of meeting rooms, the acoustics of operating rooms, and the quality and location of workstations.
Evidence-based design, properly executed, benefits in every way. The economics of Fable Hospital are important because of they clear a path for decision-makers to build or renovate a hospital that is safer and less stressful for patients, more welcoming to families, improves the quality of work and work-life of the staff and improves environmental sustainability. Hospitals will never be places that patients enjoy. But we can design them to be better, much better.