11/10/2020 9:30 – 10:30 AM
Track:Advancements in Evidence-Based Design Research
Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing; PhD Candidate, Architecture + Health
Clemson University Architecture + Health; The Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing
Being diagnosed with heart disease can lead to symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and sleep disruption which are associated with prolonged hospital stays. Although evidence indicates that access to daylight and views can improve patient outcomes, studies have not differentiated the impact of daylight from views on patients’ recovery in cardiac ICUs. This study was conducted in a cardiac ICU comprised of rooms with three types of daylighting and viewing accommodations. Retrospective patient data were analyzed and real-time data were collected from hospitalized patients. Findings will help architects and designers evaluate design decisions during the design process of future cardiac ICUs.