Design in healthcare

Design in healthcare

As healthcare professionals and specifiers are aware, a well-designed environment significantly improves patient care and medical outcomes and decreases medical errors.¹ In the past, cleanliness was the main focus of a healing environment’s design, leading to a clinical and cold aesthetic. By incorporating evidence-based design, facilities can provide better outcomes for patients and staff.  They can also last longer.²  Innovative design can use technology and materials to support both physical and emotional wellbeing.

At Altro, we understand the complex challenges faced when designing healthcare environments.  We work with you every step of the way, from specification to installation, to transform hospitals into environments that promote wellbeing.  Altro floors and walls can be used to create a biophilic design – using shades and images found in nature.  This helps create a sense of calm and studies have shown it can speed up the recovery process.  

Altro Whiterock provides up to 30 shades, from calming neutrals to bold brights.  Nature images on Altro Whiterock Digiclad help bring the outside in. Altro Whiterock Designs, a new Combined with the design and color options that Altro floors offer, they will fit any interior design.

Altro floors have comfort and acoustic options to help reduce noise and make a pleasant environment for your staff.  For example, Altro Serenade provides 19dB sound reduction, giving more privacy to patients and their families.  Altro Orchestra and Altro Wood Safety Comfort provide 15dB sound reduction and comfort underfoot, helping reduce fatigue for staff on their feet all day and contributing to a pleasant working environment. They also provide low residual indentation for heavy equipment and furniture.  Where required, we also have safety floor options in varied shades and colors.

We’re always happy to provide guidance on color palettes and wayfinding; please get in touch.  

1 Marberry, S. (2006). Improving healthcare with better building design. Chicago: Health Administration Press.
2 Carr, R. (2014). Health Care Facilities. Whole Building Design Guide https://www.wbdg.org/building-types/health-care-facilities
s://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK2633/