What is hospital architecture? How to design a building so that the patient feels more comfortable and heals faster? What are the latest trends in hospital wards?
Architecture is capable of influencing human health. When you look at a beautiful building, you are charged with positive energy.
When you see an eerie high-rise building built in the distant 1970s, it is unlikely that your soul is overwhelmed with joy. Is not it? The same principles apply when it comes to hospital architecture: the good heals, the bad cripples.
There is no doubt that the atmosphere around can both promote a speedy recovery and lead to a worsening of the condition.
In Scandinavia and the United States, representative studies were carried out: patients placed in a room with views of a blank wall, recovered more slowly (stayed in the hospital half a day longer) and had to take more medication than those who looked out of the window at the green landscape.
A person feels better where he is comfortable. High-quality architecture, in principle, should take into account the needs of a person. And a person who is forced to stay in a hospital may have specific needs.
A modern hospital must meet two basic requirements: to attract patients by offering them living conditions that are almost identical to those of a hotel, and also to support all work processes using the latest technological developments.
What is important to consider?
Hospital planners in India must take into account the peculiarities of patients, as well as certain diseases. The patients suffering from orthopedic diseases are recommended to move more, so the corridors should be wider.
Of course, it is necessary to take into account the interests of not only patients, but also doctors. The hospital is a place of work for them.
The more rested and satisfied the medical staff is, the better for patients. The interests of visitors should also not be forgotten: these people give patients with positive emotions, contribute to recovery.
A modern hospital must be flexible, one department, for example, may be expanded in the future, which will require new premises.
When developing a hospital project, it is necessary to think about the use of light, color, materials, taking into account hygiene standards, as well as smells and sounds, which also play an important role. Comfort for both patients and staff comes first.
Modern hospitals are huge complexes with many departments, scientific and practical centers, with an abundance of corridors, passages, elevators and entrances.
How not to get lost in this “medical town”? This is where hospital designers & planners come to the rescue. The use of different colors in hospital navigation is encouraged, but as with everything else, you should not overdo it: the variety of colors should not be too great.
There are other elements to be used for orientation. In addition, there are time-honored rules: for example, fonts in the department dealing with vision problems should be larger. Or else: black on white is much easier to read than white on black.