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Duty of care in design

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Healthcare and in general - What is the designer's duty of care?

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Duty of care in design

  1. 1. Let’s look at Compliance with legislation. IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA WE ARE USING THE CODE OF PRACTICE – SAFE DESIGN OF BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES 2008. • IDENTIFY HAZARDS THROUGHOUT THE LIFECYCLE OF THE BUILDING (USING CHECKLISTS) • ASSESSING RISK OF INJURIES OR HARM – CONSIDERING THE LIKELIHOOD AND CONSEQUENCES OF RISK. • CONTROLLING THE RISK BY IMPLEMENTING CONTROL MEASURES. Designers are also required to submit a report to the client in writing on safety and health aspects of the design.
  2. 2. But what is the specifics for Health Care?
  3. 3. Trough studies in America it was found that facility design can have a direct impact on the following: • Patient and staff satisfaction, especially when single-bed rooms are designed. It enhances patient safety and creates a healthier environments for both patients, staff and visitors - by minimizing falls, infections and medical errors. • A patient’s stress experience, it showed an reduction in environmental stressors associated with noise and inefficient room layouts especially when the use of nature, colour, light, and sound is included in the design thought process.
  4. 4. Published in The Wall Street Journal 2013 – The Hospital Room of the Future. Barbara Sadick
  5. 5. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING – FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON DESIGNER’S DUTY OF CARE. Visual Art – this slide: Linda van Rensburg.

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