Peaceful Healing Environment

Posted by on Mar 25, 2022 in Behind the Design
Peaceful Healing Environment

Research has shown how important sleep is to mental and physical health, and that a peaceful environment is important to the healing process. Patients struggle with disturbances in hospitals every day, from overhead announcements, hallway conversations, and infuser pump alarms to squeaking wheels on rolling trays.  Noise not only disrupts patient healing but is also a common source of dissatisfaction. Designers are now being asked to go above their normal design process to not only manipulate visual elements but also address acoustical design challenges.

How are they doing it?  Below are some ways that Mayo Clinic embraced new design strategies to provide patients a more peaceful healing environment:

1. Move shift change staff report to an enclosed room away
from the nurse desk.
2. Place foam rubber padding in pneumatic-tube
document delivery systems.
3. Replace roll-type towel dispensers with folded towel
4. Routinely close doors to patient rooms.
5. Modify cardiac monitor setting to allow lower volumes in
patient rooms, add alarms that sound at nurse stations.
6. Use flashlights instead of overhead lights when entering
patient rooms.
7. Educate staff about the issue and share noise-control

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Marie Wikoff is the creator of Wikoff Design Studio based out of Reno, Nevada. Her expertise in healthcare design has helped develop modern design for healthcare organizations locally, regionally and internationally. Her credentials include Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC), American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designer (CHID), the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) and LEED AP. Contact Marie Wikoff

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