Healthcare design is very complex. While beautiful, comfortable and tranquil spaces are desired for the well-being of the patient, designers are also faced with the reality of designing with strict requirements for cleanliness, safety, and security that aid infection control. In addition, there are numerous spaces to consider, from patient and waiting rooms to nurses stations, corridors, lobbies, and restrooms. Planning and design teams must be acutely aware of the regulations and guidelines of various governing agencies, local codes, and best design practices that can directly affect selection of finishes and furnishings. Architects and interior designers should work with healthcare providers and facility managers to create healthcare environments that strike a balance between aesthetics and function.
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