The impact of the physical environment in hospital infrastructures


Monday 25th October | 14:00 SAST


There’s an industry-wide movement that’s pushing hospital planners and clinical biomedical engineers to plan and design hospitals with a patient-centric approach. In recent years, emphasis shifted to a more human scale hospital environment, with lots of daylight, art, and textures instead of long dark corridors. Hospital facility and patient room designs need to be directed towards a more holistic healing approach to overcome any stressful or potentially confrontational environments for patients and visitors. In recent years more and more emphasis is put on optimization of the workplace in acute care areas like the OR, ICU and NICU. During this webinar we will focus on the hospital clinical environment and the way it can impact patient therapy and patient outcomes. We will also share a few examples on how to best optimize NICU workspaces to offer a more healing environment. Lastly, we will also provide some insights on how COVID-19 has impacted the design of hospitals and critical areas.

Learning objectives

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the hospital physical environment and its impact on patient outcome
  • Learn about the relations between hospital design and workflows
  • Review European examples of best practice: maternity wards and (N)ICUs
  • Share lessons learned from Covid-19



Margarita Singer

Regional Marketing Manager Workplace Infrastructure MEA, Draeger, Dubai, UAE

Margarita is a highly experienced healthcare marketing professional with experience across Asia Pacific and Middle East and Africa regions. Margarita is a global certified trainer for mechanical ventilation and neonatal care, conducting both clinical and technical trainings for nurses, biomedical engineers and neonatologists. Margarita has successfully conducted trainings on optimization of neonatal and intensive care workplaces in India, South Africa, Indonesia and Australia.

Margarita attends important clinical congresses and is in regular contact with key opinion leaders in hospital design to discuss latest research and trends.



Angela Mueller

Consultant and Architect. Parra-Müller Arquitectura de Maternidades, Madrid, Spain.

Angela Müller works as a consultant and architect at Parra-Müller Arquitectura de Maternidades, a Madrid based practice she founded together with Marta Parra Casado in 2008.

Both met in the Spanish activist group “El Parto es Nuestro” (Birth is ours), participating as users and experts in the Ministry of Health, updating new national guidelines and clinical protocols for a healthier, safer and more respectful childbirth attention. After evaluating Spanish maternity wards for the Ministry, they decided to join passion and profession, and have been working since then on improving hospital maternity wards all over Spain, at the same time as they participate in creating complementary structures such as free-standing birthcenters or midwife led units.

Their work is based on their belief that only by combining evidence based design and evidence based childbirth attention, it is possible to achieve optimized health results. Architecture and design are not only a “third caregiver”, but can also be a driving force of change. Besides from maternity wards and neonatal units, they also design other hospital areas, such as oncology departments, etc. They focus on process-based design and the human scale in hospitals as complex structures, integrating all possible users.