Designing for Health

Designing for Health
Jan 18, 2011 The Role of Designers in Helping with Infection Control in Hospital Environments
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Designing for Health_01 Older patient room handwash sink area
This illustrates an older design that doesn’t incorporate current infection control strategies. The appropriate amount of space was not provided for the storage of glove boxes, soap, and towel dispensers, which makes it difficult for care providers to access or to keep these items clean. The handwashing area consists of different materials, a drop-in sink and no integral back splash. This design can trap dirt in the seams and edges and creates the perfect habitat for contaminants to grow. The use of manual blades at the faucet increases the chances of contact contamination and the alignment of the faucet head with the drain, which allows potentially contaminated water trapped in the drain to spray out when the water is turned on.
Designing for Health_02 Proposed patient room handwash sink area
This illustrates details that address’s infection control at the sink through design and the use of modern technology. Soap and paper towel dispensers are located to be easily accessible to staff directly above the sink with less chance of contamination by splashing water. The solid-surface seamless counter has an integral sink bowl, sidesplashes and a backsplash that extends to the underside of the cabinets, allowing for easy and thorough cleaning. The specified faucet employs hands-free technology for easier hand washing and is offset from the drain to prevent trap water from being splashed out.
Designing for Health_03 Typical Patient Room Footwall Elevation
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Charlestown, Mass.,
(Elevation Diagram: Perkins+Will)
Designing for Health_04 Typical Patient Room Perspective
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Charlestown, Mas.
(Diagram: Perkins+Will)