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Jun 28, 2019

In the second part of my conversation with Lisa Bonnet, Senior Interior Designer at the prestigious e4h -  Environments for Health Architecture, Lisa discusses the advancements in surface products in the hospital space that have contributed to the reduction of Hospital-Acquired Infections.

In older hospitals, countertops around sinks have traditionally been unhygienic areas where bacteria and other icky stuff tend to hang out.

As Lisa shares, research has shown that with the introduction of revolutionary products like seamless, solid surface and antibacterial countertops that can be shaped and curved to meet the aesthetic and code requirements of the hospital and the design team, HAI’s have been significantly reduced.

Lisa wrote an article about this subject in Medical Construction and Design Magazine entitled, How Sterile is Too Sterile? She unpacks that article more here in part 2 of the episode. Read the article here: To learn more about Lisa Bonnet and e4h architecture visit:

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In this episode you will learn:

  • Some of the biggest successes are some of the smallest details on a project.
  • How e4h studies ALL the nuances of a project, for example, where the patient’s empty suitcase is placed in the hospital room, so it is out of the staff’s way.
  • In the 90’s, the industry started using products that had soft, organic textures and wood look products to provide more of a hospitality or residential aesthetic. That is still common today as a result of patient input and competition among hospitals that desire this aesthetic.
  • How seamless, solid surface and antibacterial countertops that can be shaped and curved to meet the aesthetic and code requirements of the hospital and the design team have significantly helped reduce Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s).
  • The evolution of hospitals embracing the patient-centered design is the direct result of input from many stakeholders including patients, infection prevention specialists, the environmental services team  
  • Why Lisa’s current favorite project is a long term acute rehab facility which includes the design of a new breakfast area near a nurse’s station, and how this solves a very big problem for staff and patients.
  • What a critical success factor looks like in e4h projects.
  • How evidence-based design has been proven to improve the health of patients and staff, and how this is a fundamental passion of the team at e4h.
  • What it’s like to work at a global architecture firm committed exclusively to the design of innovative health facilities.
  • How technology continues to play a bigger role in healthcare design.

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