Advancements in technology have had a major impact on the healthcare industry, revolutionizing the way we approach patient care. From electronic health records to telemedicine, there are a multitude of tools that are helping to improve the way care is delivered. But, technology isn’t just changing the way deliver care; it’s also transforming the design of healthcare facilities and the furniture that goes into them.
Steelcase has developed a number of healthcare products that are specifically designed to support patient-centered care. For example, Pocket is a mobile workstation that can be easily moved to accommodate different activities and care settings. It features an adjustable work surface, monitor arm, and is small in scale, allowing Pocket to move easily and quietly, even in tight spaces. This kind of flexible, adaptable furniture is an essential part of patient-centered care environments, where spaces need to be easily reconfigured to meet changing needs.
As the global focus on climate change continues to grow, it’s becoming increasingly important for us to consider the environmental impact of the spaces we create. In healthcare, this means finding ways to reduce energy consumption, waste, and carbon emissions without sacrificing patient care. This includes the use of eco-friendly materials, such as renewable and recycled resources, and implementing sustainable manufacturing practices. Steelcase’s “Pocket” is made with 35% recycled content, designed to withstand the demands of healthcare cleaning protocols, and is 97% recyclable at the end of its long lifespan. Sustainable healthcare furniture not only benefits the environment, but can also improve patient outcomes by providing healthier and safer settings.
Designing for Mental Health and Well-Being
Mental health is a growing focus in healthcare, and design has an important role in supporting well-being. From calming colors to comfortable furniture, there are a number of design elements that can help create a supportive environment for patients and caregivers alike. Incorporating nature and natural elements into healthcare design has been shown to have a positive impact on mental health, reducing stress and anxiety for patients and improving the well-being of caregivers. KwickScreen by Steelcase is an innovative and versatile room divider that can transform any space into a private and functional area. KwickScreen’s patented protective screens have been specifically designed to prevent infection, making them the standout solution for patient safety. Panels are fully customizable, enhancing patient well-being by introducing the healing benefits of art and nature to clinical spaces.
Waldner’s supplied furniture to the ICU and Inpatient Amenities Unit at New York-Presbyterian Queens. Click HERE to view the project’s portfolio!