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.
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
* 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?
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.
Health Care Without Harm has had great info on fragrances, long before most other organizations started understanding the connections.
I have the link in the sidebar under “fragrances”:
Thanks for the link. Looks like they have lots of great info.
Their global division (if I remember) has released some great manuals for health care environments.
Is there a list of hospitals that are safe for us in Ontario?
I need surgery… I have not said yes yet as I am afraid not just of drug reactions ect… but the hosp.
I found this on the Australian site
bit of info there it seems not up to digesting it today. but I will be back
“safe” is a relative term…
That said, I think there may be some that are safe’r’ for some canaries, but I don’t think there are any that are completely safe or aware of how to make the effort without a lot of work…
This post has some guidelines and resources (it hasn’t been updated recently, I am not aware of any updates to add to it, other than the Task Force on Environmental Health’s interim and final reports).
Also the OHRC and CHRC policies, the 2019 AODA review, and the 2019 report from ARCH and CELA…