Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hosipital Design to Improve Patient Safety

Hospital design has been one of the focus over the years. The relationship between the physical environment and health-related outcomes is unquestionable. The aid industry is spending more time and energy to understand how successful hospital design can improve patient safety. And as the medical international organization turns to architects and designers for answers, evidence-based design takes center stage.

Hospital archictectural design or Healthcare design must be considered to ensure the safety of everyone who comes into contact with health services and is one of the most important obstacles facing health care today.

To improve safety for patients, it should be assess how patients would  be harmed, it should also be reported and the incidents should be analyze. In learning from such incidents and implementing the solutions will help minimize the incidents to reoccurr.

According to a gathered data, patient falls are the most common event in hospitals, and such are usually associated with both individual patient-related risk factors as well as environmental risk factors, wherein suggesting a need for multi-faceted fall-prevention approaches.

Researchers have observed and said that a greater number of patient falls on carpeted floors than on vinyl and similar surfaces, but what’s more important may be the carpet-flooring pattern. In 2005 a study of older adults with dementia in a residential health facility found that carpeting with high-contrast patterns was associated with more stumbles, pausing and stopping while walking when compared to carpeting with low-contrast patterns.

In this we can conclude that healthcare architects must be rigorous in coming up with a hospital design that ensures 101% safety for patients and a design that guarantees the efficiency of the hospital operations.

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