Medical Construction & Design

MAR-APR 2018

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44 Medical Construction & Design | M A RCH /A PR IL 2018 | MCDM AG.COM In a patient-centered envi- ronment, design solutions will respond to the needs of the patient profi le both architec- turally and through materials selection. Opening sightlines, increasing quantity and size of windows and providing an environment that feels close to nature with access to the outside world are all design principles to consider. The use of natural-themed colors and materials reminiscent of wood and stone is a nice comple- ment to the outside world, which not only maximizes the space but creates a calming atmosphere. DESIGN CONSIDERATION #2: Find balance between patient/ doctor experience Data from the Prototype for Standardized Designs from the VA outlines typical patient/staff fl ow scenarios for each of the CBOC models. Some of the most common fl ow areas for a PACT/CBOC module include a patient with appointment/walk-in, a patient with a lab visit only, a patient with a group visit or shared medical appointment and a patient/family member or volunteer. Although these clinics are scalable, the design of the clinic creates a sense of familiarity for the patient and fl ows are intended to be the same despite the larger size. The separation of patient and staff circulation has been a main priority for the VA in the design and construction of CBOCs. At 125 square feet, the typical exam room can pose challenges in the layout, especially since separate patient and staff entry From top: Natural-themed colors and materials reminiscent of wood and stone are a nice complement to the outside world, which not only maximizes the space but creates a calming atmosphere. > Increasing quantity and size of windows helps maximize smaller spaces. Specialty Spaces S ISSUE FOCUS

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