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Designing A Better Hospital Recovery Room, Inspired By First-Class Plane Seats

by Adele Peters

December 9, 2012

Priestmangoode's Health Manifesto explains in detail the many ways that better design can improve hospitals. Taking more inspiration from the airline industry, they suggest looking at how airline staff quickly clean and prepare planes after landing to find better places to improve patient turnaround times. Information kiosks at Heathrow, designed to help passengers quickly find flight details, could serve as a model for information booths for patients and family members in hospitals. Among several other suggestions, Priestmangoode makes the point that hospitals can also be much better to look at; more aesthetically-appealing spaces can help speed recovery.

There is a huge opportunity now to use the smart art of design to great effect in healthcare. Design is already proving it can have a dramatic effect in creating better-value, longer-lasting products that are hygienic and better for the wellbeing of patients in hospitals. The next step is to apply this thinking to the design of better value patient environments that take the physical and financial strain off current hospital facilities, in a way that is more efficient for healthcare services and more comfortable and better suited to the needs of patients.

Read the full manifesto here [PDF].

Images via Priestmangoode

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Designing A Better Hospital Recovery Room, Inspired By First-Class Plane Seats