When patients are admitted–especially children, pregnant women, and intensive care patients–family members are more likely to spend days and nights by their side. This recurrent scenario is one of the more comfortable options for those accompanying family members, who will be seated most of the time but can lay back and try to sleep if they wish.
Long shifts for healthcare providers once again pull comfort into the limelight. Nurses gather around their stations to complete administrative tasks or enjoy some hot coffee when they are not rushing off their feet. During these breaks, which are crucial to their well-being, caregivers can retreat to the cocoon-style seating Atelier 2 offers.
A cafeteria can make any healthcare facility a more pleasant place to eat, whether for staff lunches that break up 24-hour workdays or for families that spend extended periods eating sandwiches from vending machines. It improves the user experience and contributes a relaxing vibe to healthcare areas.
Clear The Air
The ion cloud is a scientifically proven air purification system that reduces the number of harmful particles in the air, thus inactivating viruses, neutralizing bacteria, and rendering pollen, dust, smoke particles, and fungal spores harmless.
A Note On Cleanability
The furniture listed here is also available with Dauphin's Cempa MicroSilver poly finish, an additive integrated during the manufacturing process that emits silver ions, an antimicrobial effect that will last throughout the furniture’s lifetime, such as Cempa — ideal for waiting rooms.
The MicroSilver is a groundbreaking material for healthcare seating. Antibacterial and antifungal properties in seating are highly relevant to prevent the transmission of infections. Every step we can take to ensure lowered infection transmission rates should feature highly on our agenda.
When cleanability is such an important consideration, designers look to use their creative license within a set of boundaries that are critical in a hospital setting. Little Perillo, in café areas of healthcare facilities, emphasizes the modern and avant-garde design.
Further Healthcare Design Contemplations
Moving away from specific solutions for certain areas in healthcare design, we approach a more generalized checklist that designers do well to consider. Inspired by Furniture Design Features and Healthcare Outcomes, their exhaustive list highlights EBD contemplations that efficiently improve healthcare outcomes, all thanks to the furniture used in these facilities, and we have selected some of them to share here:
- Armrests help unsteady patients stand without losing balance, minimizing the risk of falls.
- Configurable furniture helps improve privacy for medically-sensitive interactions and can facilitate coordination for healthcare providers.
- Adequate lighting wattage increases the visual capacity of workers and patients alike.
- Biophilic design, such as natural wood furniture, has reduced patient recovery time.
- Manufacturer warranties that cover patient diversity, including safety for morbidly-obese individuals.
- Almost any type of furniture adapts to healthcare settings. It is crucial to consider and customize the types of upholstery and finishes to make them suitable for this type of setting.
Human-Centered Design For Human Health
In environments such as hospitals, patient care is the utmost priority. However, providing good conditions for caregivers to work efficiently is a must. While policy and culture are central to the proper functioning of a healthcare facility, the physical aspects, such as design, play an essential role in making the environment as productive as possible.
When the people on both sides of the relationship have a fighting chance, thanks to the carefully thought-out design, the costs associated with healthcare plummet, the user experience significantly increases, and the resounding advantage of happier, healthier individuals speaks for itself. Being able to do this is the epitome of human-centered design.
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