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DESIGN: Innovative bed placement in patient rooms

Florida Hospital Waterman (Tavares, FL) experimented with a new patient room furniture arrangement when moving a 30-bed unit into some shelled space.  The idea was that patient satisfaction would increase if the headwalls of patient beds were NOT visible from the corridor.  This configuration was thought to increase privacy and decrease noise.  The architects studied the results on an existing unit and then on the new unit and found mixed results.  The patients did find the new unit quieter but caregivers were neutral about recommending the new design.


Ferenc, J. (2016, July 20). Study tests one way to change patient room design and satisfaction. Health Facilities Management.  Click here:  http://www.hfmmagazine.com/articles/2342-study-tests-one-way-to-change-patient-room-design-and-satisfaction

GS&P wins Certificate of Research Excellence for study on patient room orientation. (2015, Oct. 16). Press release.  Click here: http://www.greshamsmith.com/news/awards/gs-amp-p-wins-core-award-for-study-on-patient-room   Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

HOSPITAL DESIGN: Patient room of the future

Patient Room 2020 is a futuristic design concept developed by NXT Health with grant funding from the U.S. Department of Defense.  A prototype of the 400-sf patient room has been built in New York at the Corian Design Studio.  The prototype features smooth, streamlined surfaces and concealed technology.  It features an “open bathroom” concept, which allows flexibility in fitting more caregivers and equipment into the bathroom.  The Patient Room 2020 is intended to be prefabricated as pods.

Source: A new vision of care.  Health Facilities Management;27(2):11-13, Feb. 2014.  Click here for access to this article:  http://www.hfmmagazine.com/display/HFM-news-article.dhtml?dcrPath=/templatedata/HF_Common/NewsArticle/data/HFM/Magazine/2014/Feb/0214HFM_FEA_Interview  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org