Are Healthy Hospitals Possible?

That may seem like a dumb question to people who haven’t been in a hospital, but to the rest of us, including those of us who can’t even go into a hospital in life or death situations, it’s a serious one.

hospitals make us sick

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Check out this TEDMED video where Robin Guenther* discusses connections between health and environmental design, and what she and others are doing to make things  different:

Why hospitals are making us sick

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* Robin Guenther “works at the intersection of healthcare architecture and sustainability policy”. She is Principal at Perkins+Will, Senior Advisor to Health Care Without Harm, co-coordinator of the Green Guide for Health Care, and co-author of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture.

More about Robin Guenther here.

More on healthcare:

Air Quality and Accessibility in Health Care; Why Aren’t All Health Care Providers Fragrance-Free?

Hospital Protocols for People With MCS/ES

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4 responses to “Are Healthy Hospitals Possible?

  1. It’s amazing that some of the most unhealthy places on the planet are hospitals. I’m glad to see that at least a few are adopting sustainable, environmentally-friendly practices. I would have liked to have seen her also address the “fragrance” issue along with the toxic cleaning product issue.

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