Hospital and Healthcare Facility Design

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2002 - Architecture - 384 pages
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Drawing on more than thirty-five years of experience in the field, the authors explore current and emerging trends in medical treatment, technology, and delivery; discuss practical issues facing contemporary and future designers; and present a rich cross section of examples and case studies from around the country. Among the design challenges explored:
  • Emergency care design - from small emergency units to major trauma centers. Such issues as triage, separation of diagnosis from treatment, and flexible design for flexible response.
  • Differentiation among critical care, chronic care, and community-based ambulatory care.
  • Determining the cost-effectiveness of makeovers and retrofits versus new construction.
  • Surgery facilities: learn design strategies for accommodating the three general classes of surgery that current design usually fails to distinguish adequately among - major invasive procedures, mildly invasive procedures, and outpatient procedures.
  • Designing a comprehensive women's health facility that includes mammography screening, ultrasound and other gynecological diagnostics; childbirth classes and other educational programs; and daycare.

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A Warehouse for the Sick
New Markets New Design Principles
Making Yesterdays Hospitals Work Today
The Emergency Unit
Diagnostic Imaging
Surgery Facilities
Critical Care
The Patient Care Unit
chapter io Ambulatory Care Design Professional Offices and
Womens Health Facilities and Pediatrics 281
Subacute and 315
Trends for a New Century 342
Bibliography 365
Index 380

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Earl S. Swensson, FAIA, is founder of ESa, one of the country’s most successful and notable healthcare architectural firms, and is internationally celebrated for pioneering innovative design concepts in the healthcare and elderly care field, some of which have been patented. Known especially for advocating a design philosophy that incorporates human-centered design, state-of-the-art engineering, and sound economics to create an environment meeting the physical and emotional needs of its users. Swensson has written about his philosophy in A Passion for Design: Human-Centered Architecture and Synergenial Practice and taught and lectured widely on the future of architecture and healthcare facility design.

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