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PERSPECTIVE

3 DESIGN SOLUTIONS FOR
B E H AV I O R A L H E A L T H C A R E
AS THE TREATMENT of mental illness and substance abuse disorders gains parity within the
healthcare environment, new designs are evolving to accommodate the needs of these patients.
Solutions require balancing the creation of a healing environment with adequate security for
patients, families, visitors, and staff. New materials, lighting, and safety features are helping to
achieve this. Below are three ideas worth considering.- J A Q U E S B L A C K , P A R T N E R E M E R I T U S A T
E4H ENVIRONMENTS FOR HEALTH ARCHITECTURE, NEW YORK

E N A B L I N G B E T T E R O B S E R VA T I O N

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One key to achieving patient wellness and
safety in behavioral healthcare facilities
is the ability for staff to observe patients
throughout the space. This can be especially challenging when patients are in their rooms. One way to
ENHANCING
address this is by using polycarbonate electronic
THE SETTING
glazing on doors that's controlled by a switch
WITH LIGHT
to be either opaque or transparent/transluPatients in behavioral healthcent. The nursing staff can then walk down the
care facilities often feel safer
corridor, flick the switch, see the patient in the
with their doors open at night,
room, and turn the vision panel back to opaque.
because they know somebody's
This allows patients to maintain their private
there
to help. However, sleep is
space and gives staff the ability to check on
frequently
disrupted due to hallway
patients without entering the room.
lights. Designing facilities with holistic
lighting control systems that are managed
from nurses' stations lets staff set various
levels of hallway lighting for different times.
These systems might contain a mixture of fixture
REPLACING THE
types on separate controls for sitting areas
PA N I C B U T T O N
as well as night lighting along the
In the past, behavioral
corridors, for example,
healthcare facilities were
permitting some light
designed to incorporate
levels to be lowered at
panic alarm systems in all rooms
night while still allowing
where patients might stay. Buttons
clear wayfinding.
were located on a wall in case a provider
needed to request assistance; however,
patients could easily block access. A new approach replaces this static system with badges
or fobs that staff members wear and can touch
to set off an alarm or call for assistance when
needed, allowing for a more secure solution
and rapid response.

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Healthcare Design - November 2017
Contents
Editorial
From the Publisher
Show Talk
Photo Tour
Photo Tour
Maine Stage
Preserving an Icon
Magic Moment
Time to Shine
All Together Now
Operations Delivering a New Experience
Engineering Lessons From Rwanda
Product Spotlight Outdoor Furniture
The Center
Aia-Aah
Project Watch
Product Gallery
Face Time
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Healthcare Design - November 2017 - From the Publisher
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Healthcare Design - November 2017 - Product Spotlight Outdoor Furniture
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