HEALTHCARE DESIGN

INNOVATIVE CHANGE IN THE OTTAWA HOSPITAL SURGICAL DAY CARE UNIT

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Waiting to undergo a medical procedure can be, without a doubt, stressful. It may also cause and trigger emotional and psychological distress for people suddenly finding themselves in a healthcare environment.

This research project is focused on a case study of the Surgical Day-Care Unit at The Ottawa Civic Hospital and is intended to illustrate the benefits of sensitive and appropriate interior design decision-making. Furthermore, the integration of biophilic patterns will be utilized within the acute unit as evidence-based research has shown that a well-designed space helps to lower heart rates and blood pressure, reduce stress and anxiety, and evoke positive emotional responses for patients, guests, and staff.

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