To meet the ongoing needs of the patients, hospitals must operate 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, which places tremendous strain on the healthcare staff. Lighting can be used to promote circadian entrainment in various populations as well as promote alertness in healthcare staff working both at night and during the day, yet many lighting professionals are unsure of the best way to incorporate these advances in the science of lighting into their designs. To address this issue, the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has expanded its Lighting Patterns for Healthy Buildings website to include designs for the healthcare environment.
The website provides lighting patterns, utilizing circadian stimulus (CS) as the primary design component, for three distinct healthcare environments and the needs of their respective end-users: the shiftwork environment, the NICU, and patient rooms.
The project is sponsored by the Light and Health Alliance, which includes Acuity Brands; Cree; Current, powered by GE; Ketra; OSRAM; Philips Lighting; and USAI Lighting.
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