A Simple Model for Comparing Healthcare Staff Walking Efficiencies Across Different Hospital Floor Plan Designs

Sep 26, 2012

This article discusses a methodology for investigating relationships between spatial layout of hospitals and walking patterns of healthcare staff. The study used pedometry step measurements to compare walking energy in double-loaded and racetrack corridor floor plan designs. Research findings indicate that the racetrack corridor floor plan layout minimizes walking workload of healthcare staff.

keywords: evidence-based design, healthcare staff workloads, double-loaded corridor, racetrack corridor, floor plan design efficiency

Jeff Tyner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (Perkins+Will)
Sandra S. Dunbar, RN-BC (Gwinett Medical Center)
Bowman O. Davis, Jr., PhD (Kennesaw State University)
Perkins+Will Research Journal
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