There is an expanding body of knowledge that indicates the profound connection between our physical surroundings and our performance as human beings. We are more productive in certain circumstances; we are more productive in certain environments; we heal faster in environments that have particular attributes (1). In the case of hospitals however, traditionally they have been designed to deliver medical treatment in the most efficient way possible; modern hospitals, with their emphasis on diagnosing, curing, and treating, have often become institutionalised environments with functionality as the main concern (2). The overriding challenge for commissioners, regulators and providers of healthcare and the associated physical environments in which care is delivered, is reconciling the need for patient safety, effectiveness and efficiency and the need for creating a truly therapeutic environment.... Download the full article to read more.

Durability in healthcare buildings


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Conclusion: In healthcare facilities smooth undamaged surfaces are easier to clean benefiting infection control.  In any building more durable surfaces could allow the client to increase the time between maintenance cycles, reducing disruption to building operations and benefiting whole-life costs for the project.