Inpatient Rooms - Acute

A patient room is the environment in which an admitted patient lives during the healing process. Patient happiness is detrimental to a stay in an environment that is not home. The design of inpatient rooms has evolved over many years and included some failures and some considerations that are still in process today. The design of the ideal patient room must employ different strategies that work together in different ways. Not only should the room cater to the patient in every way possible to fulfill their healing needs, but it must be a safe and effective environment for the caregiver. Patient rooms would not function without the presence of someone other than the patient.

The efficiency of a patient room affects the quality of care administered to a patient. Single patient rooms have become the standard in hospital design in recent years. Having a private room increases comfort and privacy and reduces risk of infection. The interior design of patient rooms is constantly under consideration to increase patient and staff value. Patient room layouts need to be functional for the various services being performed. Designing the ideal patient experience that transforms how one feels in a hospital environment is the main goal for designers. While the layout is always carefully considered, the healing potential of various entities within the room is a strong basis for design. Evidence has shown that patient rooms with a connection to nature, alleviation of stresses, and positive surroundings speed up the healing process and keep patient happier. Experts today use studies to determine how the décor, the placement of hand-washing sinks and patient bathrooms, visual accessibility to the outdoors, or the use of overhead pages can affect patient health and inform the healing process.