Posts tagged ‘patient safety’
I’m the first to say that a nice environment is important and who wouldn’t want to be in a nice environment versus an ugly or uncomfortable one, but I guess it’s analogous to Maslow’s’ Hierarchy of Needs. The most important thing is safety. You might have a great patient experience in a beautifully designed, harmonious environment but, if you don’t come out of it alive, does it really matter or if you get one of those serious infections that can change the course of your life forever. What is the point?
I am an optimistic person so I am always hopeful about most things. There is a lot of good work being done. You see a lot of it in Healthcare Design Magazine, a monthly magazine. Compared to 1992 when my book, Hospital Interior Architecture, came out there was virtually no place where people could go to see good hospital design because magazines like that weren’t available. The Internet wasn’t available so even doing research was difficult then. I am hopeful because we are in a time of turmoil right now. We are in a time of re-education. It’s like going back to grad school. I firmly believe we have to look at hospital design through new lenses. (more…)