Hospital room design helps healing

August 26, 2014
Laura Pedrick/NY Times

The University Medical Center of Princeton in Plainsboror, N.J., found patients asked for 30 percent less pain medication after patient rooms were redesigned for the new facility, according to an article on The New York Times website.

Ratings of patient satisfaction are in the 99th percentile, up from the 61st percentile before the new rooms, according to the article. Infection rates and the number of accidents have never been lower.

"Several hundred decisions, major and minuscule, common-sensical and arcane, went into configuring the room. Many of them may sound so obvious that one can wonder, financial and real estate constraints aside, why they haven’t always been standard," the article said.

The new rooms have a sink positioned in plain sight, so nurses and doctors will be sure to wash their hands, and patients can watch them do so, the article said. There is also a second sink is in the bathroom, which is next to the bed, and a handrail linking the bed and bathroom.

Read the article.



See the latest posts on our homepage


Topic Area: Architecture

Recent Posts
Recent Posts

White substance sparks hazmat incident at Idaho hospital

A patient entered Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center ER carrying a container of an unknown white substance


Minnesota law to allow surveillance cameras in senior homes

Nursing homes and assisted-living facilities across the state are required to inform residents of their right to use the cameras


Reduced capacity at Atlanta hospital affects region

For more than a month, Grady Memorial Hospital emergency rooms has been operating at a reduced capacity



Preventative lease portfolio audits are worth a pound of cure

The potential for fines for non-compliant use of space arrangements, can range in the millions and warrants a critical review of real estate portfolios


Cleveland Clinic manages its medical waste with color coding

Cleveland Clinic’s Office for a Healthy Environment focuses on sustainability across the organization, including the responsible management of medical waste


Post Comment


News & Updates • Webcast Alerts • Building Technologies

All fields are required.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.