More Private Rooms in Hospitals

April 2006 » Business Briefs
Due out this month, new guidelines for hospital design will make single-patient rooms a minimum requirement in new construction, according to The Wall Street Journal. The guidelines are published every four years by the nonprofit Facilities Guidelines Institute and the American Institute of Architects’ Academy of Architecture for Health, and are used by more than 40 state governments to set regulations, approve construction, and license hospitals to operate. While the guidelines apply only to new construction, a significant portion of the nation’s roughly 6,000 hospitals will be influenced because they are undergoing a building boom. Among the reasons for the new guidelines, studies show that infection rates are lower in private hospital rooms for reasons such as patients not sharing bathrooms and lowered exposure to airborne infections. Hospitals are excused from the new requirements if they can demonstrate a "necessity of a two-bed arrangement."

Due out this month, new guidelines for hospital design will make single-patient rooms a minimum requirement in new construction, according to The Wall Street Journal. The guidelines are published every four years by the nonprofit Facilities Guidelines Institute and the American Institute of Architects’ Academy of Architecture for Health, and are used by more than 40 state governments to set regulations, approve construction, and license hospitals to operate. While the guidelines apply only to new construction, a significant portion of the nation’s roughly 6,000 hospitals will be influenced because they are undergoing a building boom.

Among the reasons for the new guidelines, studies show that infection rates are lower in private hospital rooms for reasons such as patients not sharing bathrooms and lowered exposure to airborne infections. Hospitals are excused from the new requirements if they can demonstrate a "necessity of a two-bed arrangement."


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