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This Harvard Business Review article reports on how hospital design can improve clinical outcomes along with patient satisfaction, The HBR study reinforced a growing understanding of the importance 0f good design in patient care.
It discusses research showing how design can stop the spread of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), reduce patient pain and shorten hospital stays.
One example: McGill University Health Center, in Montreal, cut hospital-acquired infections by more than half by making all rooms in its intensive-care unit private rooms and cutting the average length of ICU stays by 10 percent.
The findings echo the initial results of the University of Chicago’s three-year program documented how new design affected bacterial growth. It demonstrated how a wide range of things, from ventilation and humidity levels to the material used for countertops and other surfaces, influenced microbial growth.