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Patient room: design best practices

New hospitals cost between $1.5 to $2 million per bed.  Evidence-based design principles that can result in a better patient room are discussed in this brief article by a researcher for Herman Miller Healthcare.  Among the most frequently incorporated principles in new patient care units are single-patient rooms; easily accessible handwashing sinks; surfaces intended to reduce patient falls; and differentiated zones for patient, family, and caregivers.  Mentions that the cost to replace a full-time RN is about $36,000.

Source: Bazuin, D.  Patient rooms: a changing scene of healing, creating flexibility for future treatments and technology.  FacilityCare;15(6):22-23, Sept. 2010.  A related white paper is: HermanMiller Healthcare.  Patient Rooms: A Changing Scene of Healing, 2010.

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