Hospitals “desperately need designers” to improve everything from the way they tackle coronavirus to the layout of operating theatres and the design of medical charts, according to a senior US doctor.
“We desperately need designers to help organize the environment and products to help keep the correct focus on a patient, and reduce distraction,” said Dr Sam Smith, a clinical physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
“We need designers at every turn, but they are so infrequently consulted,” he added. “In the end, most physicians burn out early because, in part, we are lacking well designed cognitive and physical spaces to help process the information smoothly.”
Smith worked with an architect to develop an isolation hood
Smith spoke to Dezeen via Zoom to discuss his collaboration with Boston architect Eric Höweler and a team from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design on the new design for a patient isolation hood,