Medical Construction & Design

MAY-JUN 2018

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30 Medical Construction & Design | M AY/ J U N E 2018 | MCDM AG.COM one individual, regardless of weight and would often be clearly recognizable in that purpose. Rather than having a specifi c seat visually distinct from the group, loveseats are being designed to accommodate great- er weight capacities. This also provides greater fl exibility in seating options; they can be used by individuals or accommo- date groups of two, providing convenience in device usage with family and friends. The integration of these furniture pieces lessens isolation and detachment from the medical process. The option for personalization of heal- ing environments is another example of how fl exibility contributes to the patient experience. Imagine a pediatric facility having an "options" package. A child has a procedure (scheduled or unscheduled) and, during the registration and pre- admission testing, the parent and child can select from a zoo, space or aquatic package. Cleanable and reusable magnetic elements and substrates can transform a standard patient room into an experience that can be a positive distraction during a diffi cult experience. It's a techy-tech world Technology is updated daily and almost everyone has a smartphone, iPad, tablet or some sort of electronic device. Technology integration within furniture provides the ability to charge a device and stay connected. Waiting areas or today's "active waiting areas" demand variability for diff ering needs. A variety of seating options such as lounge pieces, rockers and community tables with integrated technology supports physical, technological and emotional needs. Most manufacturers provide several lounge options with integrated technology for use in waiting areas. Built-in com- puter and phone chargers in patient room sleeper sofas allow guests to stay connect- ed to the outside world while staying near family and friends. At the Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Waxahachie, located in Texas, incorporated TVs attached to the reclin- ers allow infusion patients to choose what they watch while receiving treatment. Rolling with the punches Modular lounge pieces connect to create fl exible designs — straight runs, serpentine shapes, ganging tables — providing designers more fl exibility to produce interesting shapes while enhancing the experience for patients. Many chairs on the market off er clinicians mobility and ergonomic support, so they can comfortably see and share information and input data with the patient. Swiveling surfaces of these chairs provide mobility to easily transition between rooms and throughout the exam space. Mobile seating for the care team creates a fl uid workfl ow and allows tasks to be completed faster. In addition, manufacturers are design- ing lighter-weight patient recliners and chairs with smaller footprints that maxi- mize usable space within the patient room and are easily mobile. TVs integrated into recliners bring control to the patient and enable them to customize their treatment environment. Interiors ISSUE FOCUS

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