Children's hospital wards "Umki"
A set of furniture for children's hospital wards of the medical center UMMC "Zdorovye" in Yekaterinburg city
Leaders: Kirill and Elena Cheburashkin
Working group: Eugene Cheburashkin, Ekaterina Kalugina, Christina Narenkovа
In this project we've faced several equally important tasks:
- The possibility of rapid psychological adaptation of a small patient in a new unfamiliar space
- Creating a comfortable and convenient space for relatives and parents of a small patient
- Creating a functional environment for medical personnel
To solve these problems, we conducted comprehensive design research, built a life-size model of the ward, where we tested all promising ideas in dimensional layouts made of cardboard and MDF with the involvement of real medical professionals, children, and their parents.
The comfortable environment
of a hospital ward has no less therapeutic effect than modern medical equipment. And staying in a hospital can become a fascinating adventure into the world of modern technologies and innovations, not a test for a child
The subject-spatial environment of the children's hospital ward is designed to calm and relax the little patient as much as possible, creating a sense of personal space and security.
Therefore, the interior of a hospital ward should look more like a hotel room than a stereotypical medical facility.
All inpatient medical equipment
(sockets with uninterruptible power supply units, holders with medical gases, a folding screen for separating patients during medical manipulations, etc.) are hidden behind protective panels or camouflaged in the interior.
The bedside frame is equipped with a block of switches and sockets for charging gadgets, a medical railing for hanging equipment, an emergency alarm, individual lighting and a tablet for controlling elements of the interactive environment
Masked all medical equipment, while maintaining free access to it by medical personnel, is a difficult, but solvable task.
A journey to recovery
A railing with a movable element is installed on a magnetic-marker board above the workplace, which allows a young patient to visually track the course of time and the main stages of the sequential movement to recovery.
On the first day of the child's stay in the hospital, the attending doctor presents the adopted treatment plan to the young patient in an accessible form, noting the main points of upcoming research and medical procedures on the board. Daily movement of the mobile element, with the doctor's comments, will form the child's inner understanding of the essence of the treatment process. Such an elementary device will give a small patient and his family a sense of controllability of the treatment process.