Hospital Room Features May Affect Patient Outcomes After Surgery

November 1, 2022

Having a window in a hospital room may improve survival rates for patients who are recovering from high-risk surgery, according to research presented at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2022. Researchers found inpatient mortality rates were 20% higher for patients admitted to a room without a window compared to those in a room with a window.
Other hospital room features that positively influenced patient outcomes included being in close proximity to a nursing station, single room occupancy and having a direct line of sight to physicians and other healthcare professionals. In this study, researchers observed that sicker patients tend to be placed in these types of rooms associated with better outcomes.
While this study was conducted at one facility, it highlights the need for more research into how hospital design may influence patient care and improve post-surgical recovery.
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