Cardiology and Healthcare Interior Design

Cardiology and Healthcare Interior Design

Cardiology healthcare spaces

Cardiology healthcare spaces are huge investments comprising several areas of clinical care, demanding a high-level patient maintenance and an extremely peaceful environment, considering the longer duration of patient stay. Unlike other healthcare facilities, a major proportion of patients in the cardiology facilities are the elderly population. Hence, an accurate planning and design of a cardiology healthcare space needs an eye for detail.

Cardiology healthcare facilities comprise multiple labs for the placement of remote magnetic navigation equipment. Other mandatory areas include operation theatres, procedure rooms, nursing stations, nourishment stations, clean utility, soiled utility, and other typical support spaces, patient education centre, pantry and physician consulting areas. Similarly, procedure, preparatory and recovery wings, office rooms and education areas, as well as reception and waiting spaces are some of the other areas in cardiology health facilities. The list will be huge given the massive equipment, and high patient flow.

Design Strategy for Cardiology healthcare spaces

Interior design of cardiology healthcare spaces aims at offering creative design services for cardiologists with either new or existing medical spaces. The bottom-line is to help increase revenue, moderate operating costs, and create a higher quality of life for doctors, staff and patients. In general, interior designers customize their design services based on the hospital area and practice size so that the overall design addresses patients’ needs and the client’s budget. Interior design in healthcare spaces includes medical space planning & design services with a focus on increased productivity and patient satisfaction.

A basic three-step procedure for designing and implementing a creative design plan comprises – Concept Development, Design Development and Design Implementation. In healthcare interior design projects, the Concept Development phase includes initial review, design consultation, patient flow, practice size, business needs, aesthetics and technical design. The Design Development stage includes flooring and ceiling plans, as well as finishing and furnishing schedules. Moreover, the Implementation phase of any creative design project is an ongoing process, concurrently with other phases, throughout the project duration.

Cardiology healthcare spaces – Interior Design

Healthcare systems in the US are under huge and ongoing financial burden due to increased treatment expenses, declining ROIs, rising cost of drugs & diagnostic tools, and increased competition that impacts overall income. Given the current situation, it is the responsibility of the interior designers to plan affordable design solutions that are both sustainable and pocket-friendly, alongside being a blend of style and comfort.

In cardiology healthcare spaces, preparatory and recovery wings are designed to facilitate proper placement of beds, procedure rooms, nursing stations, nourishment stations, clean utility, soiled utility, and other typical support spaces. Other areas such as waiting and reception areas for patients and their families, patient education centre, alongside pantry and consulting should be spacious enough to prevent crowding. Similarly, there is a need to address additional challenges such as creating facilities for the elderly population, which need to be more sophisticated.

Hence, cardiology interior design solutions focusing on older populations should comprise patient-friendly features that create a comfortable and home-like environment in the medical facility. An age-old myth that the quality of health care is the only factor that contributes to the overall growth of the medical facility is opposed by the fact that aesthetically pleasing interiors too play a major role. Interior Designers choose the best colors, upholstery, furniture and other elements in healthcare interiors, in order to transform the cluttered spaces into restorative and serene areas, which also facilitate a speedy recovery for the patients.

Conclusion

Interior design of cardiology healthcare spaces aims at offering creative design services for stand-alone practices and comprehensive hospital settings. In the face of constantly evolving digital technologies, there is a need for the creation of innovative interior designs such that there is always room for additional equipment, without the need of multiple renovations. The outcome is expected to be a functionally efficient and aesthetically pleasing hospital space, eliminating the ‘look and feel’ of a hospital. The bottom-line is to help increase revenue, moderate operating costs, and create a higher quality of life for doctors, staff and patients.

Mitra Pakdaman Silva

Mitra Pakdaman Silva

Mitra Pakdaman is the founder of LA Healthcare Design Inc., a Los Angeles-based interior design studio. Utilizing over ten years of in-field experience, she brings her elegant and innovative design concepts to the healthcare industry.
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