Healthcare Furnishing Furthers Design Flexibility For Healing Spaces

June 10, 2011

The ever increasingly modular Compass System (Compass) continues to revolutionize how designers and end-users address the constant state of change in healthcare spaces, with the introduction of updated enhancements to the groundbreaking interior solution at NeoCon 2011 (# 3-330). Providing a consistently superior experience for patients, families and staff, the award-winning system, launched at NeoCon 2010, is the result of an ongoing collaboration between Herman Miller Healthcare, a division of Herman Miller, Inc., and Continuum, a global innovation and design consultancy headquartered in Boston.

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The newest features to be incorporated within Compass include:

  • Additional storage - including new lower units - can be reconfigured, allowing for extension into wider applications
  • Lighting capabilities designed to be adjustable to meet all user applications
  • ADA-compliant sink option help users meet the diverse needs of patients, as well as offers the same infection prevention features - including reduced splashing - found in the original sink.

"At Herman Miller Healthcare we are constantly evaluating our products' abilities to answer the everyday challenges of those interacting with the built healthcare environment, ranging from those who work and visit the space to those designing them," said Herman Miller Healthcare President Beth Nickels. "The enhancements to the Compass system strengthen its design possibility and flexibility, and allow us to further help our customers provide their caregivers and patients an improved space that can easily adapt to the constantly changing healthcare environment."

Compass is the culmination of a more than two-year process gathering observations from more than 550 individuals - from nurse managers to hospital administrators - to identify the four primary needs of the dynamic healthcare environment. The furnishing attributes ranked as most important included accommodating changes in technology, providing patient and family comfort, healthcare appropriate functionality, and supporting caregiver efficiency, all which served as key drivers in the design and development of Compass.

Compass Continues to Enhance Quality of Care
As a valuable and needed solution for a variety of healthcare spaces, especially acute care and outpatient facilities, Compass is an essential component to creating a welcoming aesthetic within a patient room. Beyond its visual appeal, Compass also provides an array of benefits that contribute to improving the experience of working, visiting and healing:

  • Infection Prevention: Its combination of seamless, wrapped surfaces and overlapping tiles minimize the potential for liquids to seep into unseen areas.
  • Greater Cleanability: Designed to be raised off the floor, the room can be cleaned quickly and thoroughly. The added space also maximizes the feeling of openness - a critical consideration in the context of increasingly smaller healthcare spaces.
  • Flexibility: The Compass adaptive design and rail system makes it easy to swap out modules and change spaces without disruption. A necessity in today's healthcare environment, the system's ability to be easily assembled, disassembled, reconfigured and refreshed affords healthcare organizations the opportunity to implement ongoing workflow and efficiency improvements without room demolition or care interruption.

The aesthetics of Compass are patient-friendly, offering a warm and welcoming color palette enhanced by the brightening new light fixtures. It also features a wide range of finishes, including customizable options, such as calming natural elements and solids.

Environmentally friendly, Compass is made with 58 percent recycled materials, is 99.9 percent PVC-free and 37 percent recyclable at the end of its useful life. Compass was designed in accordance to Herman Miller?s Design for the Environment protocol. The product has also undergone rigorous testing and will comply with AIA, BIFMA, CDC, CUPC, IBC, NEC, NFPA, NSF, OSHPD, UPC and UL standards.

About Herman Miller's Healthcare Businesses
Herman Miller Healthcare and Nemschoff bring over 40 years of experience and a deep understanding of healthcare environments to help clients think strategically about their space-beyond furniture. They leverage this rich insight and an unparalleled product offering to create adaptive environments across the care continuum that are better for patients and smarter for business. Through a network of clinical strategists, clinical designers, and sales professionals, the companies provide research-based, problem-solving solutions to improve working and healing environments. Herman Miller is a charter member of the Health Facility Institute; a Research Partner with the Center for Health Design; and an Industry Partner of the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Design.

About Continuum
Continuum is a global innovation and design consultancy with offices in Boston, Milan, Shanghai, Seoul, and Los Angeles. Continuum was founded in 1983 with the philosophy of applying user research to uncover opportunities for innovation and applying interdisciplinary collaboration in transforming such insights into compelling design solutions. Since its inception Continuum and Continuum Advanced Systems have been focused on merging humanistic values with leading edge healthcare technologies.