Evidence Based Design

Evidence based design enhances safety, quality, and the patient experience. It has been proven that the interior design and architecture of healthcare facilities fully contributes to the healing time of patients. In evidence based design, patients are the center of the environment. There are several benefits of evidence based design:
o Patient Safety- Reduction in infections acquired in the hospital environment – designers have to think in terms of “can that be cleaned?”
    • Even when taking contact precautions where nurses wear full body suits with a breathing apparatus to prevent transmission of pathogens, designers have to take into consideration the storage of those items
    • Architects need to address infection control in design.
o Reduction in patient falls and injuries
o Reduction in medical errors

Jain Malkin - Why is patient safety and design so important?

Patient well being– do away with institutional environments and start treating patients as guests o Sleep is improved for patients o Reduction of stress o Enhanced clinical outcomes
Staff safety and comfort
o Reduction of stress
o Reduction in injuries o Increased work efficiency and overall job satisfaction
“the physical environment can have a measurable influence on our well being”
From the results of evidence based design, architects and designers alike can attribute parts of patient environments that aid the healing process.

Jain Malkin - Hospital Interior Architect

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