Jul 1, 1977

Stimulus deprivation in windowless rooms

P Keep


Enough evidence now exists to suggest that windowless environments in hospitals increase the risk to the patient for a number of reasons. These include a direct influence on his own physiological and psychological state, a lowering of the standard of care by an effect on hospital staff, and increased vulnerability to physical hazards. The psychological ill effects of the intensive therapy unit (ITU) environment on its occupants are well recognised. The aggravation of these effects by the construction of any further windowless units can no longer be regarded as acceptable.

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Sensory Deprivation
Operating Room
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Hospital Renovations
Environment Design

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