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Furniture is wood framed and echoes the comfort found in the home. 18 in color insert). 2 Aesthetics and New Product Development Final Thoughts In the past, healthcare aesthetics were driven by cost and often appeared to be layered on a facility. Today, designers look for ways to integrate elements of aesthetics into the healthcare environment where the use of light, color, artwork, signage, and attention to detail sets the tone for a functional and therapeutic environment. References Beauchemin, K.

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Handwashing Sinks The placement of handwashing sinks in patient rooms and treatment areas has led to a decrease in hospital-acquired infections. However, just placing a sink in the room does not by itself improve infection rates. The sink in combination with staff and patient education lessens the chance for infection. Sensor technology that shines a light above the sink when a person enters the room can give a visual cue for caregivers or family members to wash their hands. During the design phase, users have many ideas about where the sink should be located in the room.

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