The mission of healthcare organizations is to provide patient care that is effective, medically relevant, and operationally efficient in a comfortable, convenient environment where the patient-provider relationship is at the center. Surfaces play a key role in creating a positive tone within healthcare built environments, but surface quality is dependent on proper material selection, durability of design, and material performance. Designers must understand how to specify surfaces in healthcare settings that address disinfection, durability, and design challenges to achieve safety, efficiency, and patient comfort.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate how the healthcare industry is evolving to meet the demands of changing demographics, provide more patient-and provider-centered care, and offer a retail approach to healthcare.
  • Identify design solutions that meet evolving healthcare challenges, which include provider burnout, rising costs, and poor patient outcomes.
  • Analyze how surface materials provide safety, efficiency, and patient comfort through the 3D’s of healthcare design: disinfection, durability, and design.
  • Describe applications for surface materials in healthcare design, including public, patient, procedural, and staff areas.