The Role of Architecture and Physical Environment in Hospital Safety Design

  • Charles D. Cadenhead
  • Laurie Tranchina Waggener
  • Bhargav Goswami


The purpose of this chapter is to develop an awareness of important elements in hospital perioperative architectural and interior design leading to safe, high-quality surgical facilities. Intended for the non-designer, the focus will be on functional programmatic elements, fundamental planning concepts, physical organization, and future trends. Engineering systems are not discussed (mechanical, electrical, and structural), although their importance should not be underestimated. The sources and references provided will lead the interested reader to materials which will broaden the knowledge of design and evidence-based research.


Surgery Surgical design Surgery planning Surgery organization Operating rooms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles D. Cadenhead
    • 1
  • Laurie Tranchina Waggener
    • 1
  • Bhargav Goswami
    • 1
  1. 1.WHR ArchitectsHoustonUSA

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