Improving Care Through Patient Comfort

The University Medical Center at Princeton is testing concepts to see if improving patient comfort yields better outcomes with patients. Specifically, improvements to patient rooms were targeted. Improvements such as single-occupancy rooms and sinks near the door to improve staff hand washing compliance are aimed at reducing infections. Other improvements include pleasing outdoor views with cabling and tubes hidden in walls to give the rooms a more home-like feel. Outcomes in the new rooms will be compared to outcomes in the old-style rooms; positive results will be implemented in the UMC @ Princeton's new $447 million replacement hospital.


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