11/8/2020 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Track:Technology and Innovation
The increasing demands of surgery have led to high rates of stress and burnout among surgeons. Innovations in technology and medical theory have advanced the operating room into a complex and intense work environment. Several international case studies have demonstrated the re-introduction of windows to operating rooms. Windows are being incorporated in operating rooms as a means to mitigate staff stress; however, there is little evidence to support this. A quasi-experimental study of the influence of windows on surgeon stress was conducted to investigate an architectural approach to mitigate mental stress. Design recommendations from the case studies and experiment will be discussed.