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Healthcare Design: Designing Healthier And Happier Environments For Patient Care, Caitlin E. Charles Apr 2011

Healthcare Design: Designing Healthier And Happier Environments For Patient Care, Caitlin E. Charles

Honors Program Projects

This paper will discuss research regarding the best practices in developing a healthy environment in a medical facility in order to better aid the recovery of patients and help facilitate a more efficient work environment for the nursing staff. Medical facility design will be discussed in terms of safety and infection control; the psychological effects of certain design elements on patients; and appropriate accommodations for patients, staff, and family.

The research discussed has been used to develop an updated and healthy environment for the Olivet Nazarene University Virtual Learning Center (VLC) housed in Wisner Hall of Nursing Education. This paper ...