Providing Dignity for Inpatient Stabilization Unit at NeoCon 2017

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Date(s) - 06/12/2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Mart


Designing for specific environments in healthcare brings with it a range of requirements. In the specific case of inpatient stabilization units for psychiatric services, a firm’s designers and architects must consider both the safety and security of new patients while at the same time ensuring their dignity. But, what are the key design elements for such a space? How should the space accommodate both patient safety and dignity while ensuring staff security and an easy workflow? Beside securing the answers to these two important questions, we’ll also determine how to best surmount the challenges inherent in designing a new space in an existing one. After we complete the project, we’ll discover how to best assess the outcomes for both patients and hospital, how to evaluate whether care has improved and how to best determine if the unit is functioning as planned.


Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the key points to look out for while designing for psychiatric healthcare.
  • How to design an environment that provides patient safety and dignity while also improves staff security and improved workflow processes.
  • Examine the challenges of providing a solid solution in an existing, occupied environment while still providing safety and dignity to existing patients.
  • What are the outcomes for the hospital and patients following the opening of the new Inpatient Stabilization Unit? Has care improved? Is the unit functioning as planned?

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