Consulting and design firm HDR has an informative series of three videos tackling the basics of evidence based design in a lively and accessible way with a focus on specific applications of ideas in three different hospitals. The videos can’t be embedded in this blog, but click through to their website and have a peek. Their projects strive to give patients control through bedside remotes managing temperate and window-shades, minimize disruption in rooms by allowing staff to re-stock supplies from the outside hallway via a storage closet with doors to both the hallway and the room, as well reduce noise levels through design and simple interventions like requiring staff to keep their cell phones on vibrate. All in all it’s less than ten minutes of footage and a really nice introduction to practical applications of evidence based design from a more strategic planning perspective.
Cultural experiences can help improve health and wellbeing, and can result in benefits that range from the physiological to the emotional. From reduced heart rates and requests for analgesia, to a reduction in the sense of loneliness felt by those suffering from mental ill-health, cultural experiences have been proven to help improve the lives of patients and those who care for them. Cultural experiences have even been linked to longer life expectancy. Culture Shots, your chance to find out why culture works, and how you can use the expertise within Manchester’s museums and galleries to improve your professional practice, and your patients’ health and wellbeing. We think culture matters, and hope that by the end of the Museums and Galleries Week, you will too.