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Semiprivate rooms may have a place in hospital of the future

New inpatient units built in the United States tend to have all private rooms.  This article provides an interesting overview of why there has been a move away from semiprivate rooms and suggests that there may be a continued place for semiprivate rooms for certain types of patients, particularly rehab, organ transplant, and pediatric patients.  The reason is that these patients may benefit from the increased opportunity for socialization and emotion support from a roommate.  Also included in this lengthy article is a suggested design concept for semiprivate (2-bed) rooms in which both beds are located on the window wall, both patients have a private toilet room, and there is a sliding digital panel in that can be used to separate the halves of the room.

Source: Verderber, S., and Todd, L.G.  Reconsidering the semiprivate inpatient room in US hospitals.  HERD. Health Environments Research & Design Journal;5(2):7-23, Winter 2012.  Click here for publisher’s website: http://www.herdjournal.com/ME2/Default.asp,  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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