Medical Construction & Design

MAR-APR 2018

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48 Medical Construction & Design | M A RCH /A PR IL 2018 | MCDM AG.COM Engineering has a signifi cant and crucial role in the built healthcare environ- ment. Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structured cabling, architectural lighting and other systems function as a building's vital organs. Engineers are tasked with maintaining each facility's health to allow the healthcare providers to focus on the most important issue: patient care. Specifi cally, engineers create spaces to support innovative technologies, scien- tifi c breakthroughs and best-in-class care for both clinicians and their patients. In recent years, healthcare facilities have seen increased focus on patient privacy, onsite research and regional care centers. Together, these trends will continue to drive the healthcare and engineering in- dustries into the next generation. What's more — these trends are crucial to critical care spaces such as cancer centers. The following is an in-depth look at how these trends are driving the creation of innova- tive cancer treatment facilities. TREND #1: Patient privacy, personal environmental control Many cancer patients have frequent treatments and long hospital stays. A safe, comfortable environment can make these treatments more tolerable for the patient. One of the most common cancer treat- ments is infusion therapy. Patients receive these highly individualized treatments, like chemotherapy, in individual infusion bays to ensure care and safety. Traditionally, patient bays were cre- ated by curtains and/or cubicles within an open-concept fl oorplan. Sterile and effi cient, this design can support many patients in a compact space, but neglects individual patient privacy. Furthermore, the treatment area is also often pro- grammed to a standard temperature, and its lighting design does not accommodate the patient's fl uctuating sensitivities during treatment. Eventually, healthcare providers began to understand that a more holistic design could help balance treat- ments, technologies and patient care. The new generation of infusion bays is designed as compact spaces, with operable doors for privacy and glass windows for access to daylight. These bays off er an equally safe and sterile — yet more private — space for patients to receive treatment more comfortably. Adjustable, electric lounge chairs can increase patient comfort and further enhance the patient experi- ence. Through hand-held tablets, patients have individual control of temperature and lighting levels, along with access to Wi-Fi and multi-media displays. Patients, doctors, nurses and facility staff also have more direct access to technology, which improves care and experience on both sides of the treatment table. All associated ENGINEERING DYNAMIC SOLUTIONS Making room for latest developments in cancer care BY THOMAS FORD & JOHN BILOTTA 1990 Year 1st evidence provided for the existence of the BRCA1 gene — unlockinglifescode.org 1869 Year Friedrich Miescher identifi es "nuclein," DNA with associated proteins, from cell nuclei — unlockinglifescode.org Specialty Spaces S ISSUE FOCUS BY THE NUMBERS

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