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Published On: Mon, Aug 29th, 2016

How modern hospital design is boosting the nation’s health

You don’t just have to hone in on the healthcare industry to see that the design of buildings has changed significantly over the years.

We’re not talking about architectural styles here, but more the physical layouts that just make life easier for all stakeholders. Suffice to say, the layout of a hospital can have a significantly positive impact to both patients and doctors.

Over the years we’ve seen umpteen hospitals being built, many of which have taken modern design principles and implemented them to make life easier for all concerned. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the most common ways in which hospitals address design and solve problems that blighted the healthcare industry for decades.

screenshot of video health care workers

screenshot of video health care workers

Wards are built with everything in mind

Once upon a time a ward would have been built with little consideration. In other words, it would have been of a size compatible with the building plot, and the number of beds would have been sourced around this.

Now, things have changed. Absolutely everything is taken into account in the planning of wards. Gone are the days when they are just a room full of beds – modern hospital design dictates that doctors and nurses require easy access to equipment to make for a more efficient healthcare process. For example, most beds will be accompanied by mayo stands, allowing treatment to be delivered effectively. Again, years ago these would not have been considered – a ward was made for beds and additional accessories were never thought about.

Hospitals are now blessed with smart layouts

We’ve already spoken a lot about layouts, but this next example probably highlights the point the most emphatically.

Years ago, patients, visitors and hospital staff would share elevators. This could mean long queues, while patients and visitors would now have to dodge any goods or equipment which was being maneuvered around the building.

These days appear to be on their way out. Modern hospitals tend to offer better segregation, so patients and visitors aren’t going to be interrupted by cumbersome equipment blocking corridors. Again, it makes everyone’s time in the hospital much more efficient.

The layouts make isolation easier

This is another example focused on layouts and yet another which emphasizes the importance of the new design principles that most new hospitals have undertaken.

Something which has affected healthcare establishments all around the world is superbugs. They are proving more and more difficult to stop and perhaps even more worrying is the fact that they are so resistant to antibiotics.

This is where the layout of hospitals is arguably at its most importance. As soon as one patient contracts a superbug, they need to be isolated as a matter of urgency. The design of a lot of older and traditional hospitals means that this is difficult, yet modern establishments manage to segregate departments more efficiently while they also tend to have more private rooms. This means that it becomes much harder for infections to spread and superbug epidemics to occur.

Guest Author: Lolita Di

DFID—UK Dept. or International Development from Flickr Creative Commons.

DFID—UK Dept. or International Development from Flickr Creative Commons.

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