Three Arup Specialists Share Their Vision Of The Future Of Healthcare Design

You were talking about the two generations and the two groups of care that we have to deal with I completely agree. But theres a crazy transition that we have to deal with because of the baby boomers. So the weird thing is that we really do have to build hospitals, clinics, ambulatory care centers and everything else to deal with what weve got in front of us, because it is an onslaught. And then have a plan so that you can deflect the building into other useful structures in the future, absolutely. Phil: And that is exactly what Im hoping to communicate. We think were building for the future, but actually were not. For example, if you look at the different forms of acute hospitals, one of the popular forms is the podium and bed tower. In its time, that was a very, very popular form of building. But I am not aware of any podium and bed tower hospital thats ever been converted to anything else. And if we start losing beds, then the only thing they really put in those spare floors is offices, and theres only so many offices you can put in there. So to design a state-of-the-art hospital, we now say ok, low-rise hospital street, pavilions off the street with diagnostic and treatment on one side, bed areas on the other side. But it can be difficult to change traditional ideas of what a hospital building is. University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre, London. Image Anthony Weller / Archimage Bill: A lot of the issues too have to do with land availability.


Specialist medical refrigerators – perfect for care at home and care homes

Instead, specialist medical fridges such as Lec Medicals PE109c countertop fridge are especially designed for care at home and smaller care homes. Compact in size and with the option of a wall-mounting bracket and reversible door, such fridges boast a wealth of safety and security features that are unavailable on domestic equipment. These medical fridges are designed to maintain an internal temperature between +2 C and +8C, which is an optimum temperature range for storing controlled drugs and medicines. Quality fridges such as Lec Medicals also incorporate an integral digital controller complete with an external LED digital temperature display. Not only does this make it easier for the user to monitor the internal temperature without having to open the door, it helps prevent unnecessary temperature fluctuations within the fridge. To further eliminate temperature variations and to help speed up temperature recovery after the door has been opened, medical fridges are also fan-assisted in order to aid the flow of cool air around the fridge. Likewise, good quality medical fridges also come with a variety of alarms, including audible and visual warnings for high and low temperatures. These help by providing an alert as soon as the temperature begins to go too high or too low, so that immediate action may be taken to rectify the problem and prevent damage to the contents. Unlike most other medical fridges, Lec Medicals care at home unit also boasts reduced running costs courtesy of an environment-friendly R600a refrigerant cooling system that delivers greater energy efficiency. Restricting unauthorised access is also crucial as even the safest of drugs can be dangerous when they fall in the wrong hands. Hence, it is important to ensure that the fridge features a lock and a limited number of keys. For larger care homes, Lec Medical provides a range of free standing and under counter fridges that come in a variety of sizes. Whilst all models boast the ultimate in performance, security and reliability, they also feature a fitted lock, an innovative anti-microbial handle, wire shelves and basket, and come with a two year parts and labour warranty as standard.

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