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Emergency Room Design Open Access

This research presents an interior design study on the continuation of the architectural skin through to interior walls and partitions. The extension of the exterior skin must develop an inner transition between the public and private areas that is both accommodating and beneficial to the needs of its occupants. Within health care facilities, in particular, the interaction of these transitions is very critical. There are several physical areas that can influence and promote well-being, healing, and relieve stress in both patients and caregivers, such as: waiting rooms, nurse stations and examining rooms. The concept of creating a cohesive environment that ultimately enhances the healthcare program requires a strategic approach to the ultimate design process. Consequently, interior design factors are constantly evolving in response to the growing trend in the health care industry in which it caters to the expectations of both patients and facilitators alike. In this regard, the analyses of the ER department at Sibley memorial hospital, Georgetown ER department in Washington DC, and INOVA hospital in Alexandria, VA provide convenient evidences of project success or failure. Similar studies are made considering their size, location, and satisfaction with the program and process. This research proposal is redesigning the Kennedy Health Systems Emergency Unit located in Cherry Hill, NJ. The design will addresses the general issues that influence the operations and Emergency Room design.

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