Making your healthcare practice lobby hospitable and safe

In the healthcare field, it’s all about making a first impression. The lobby can say a lot about a practice. Typically, people are visiting a medical facility due to a malady, so it’s critical the common area is kept as clean as possible at all times to prevent the further spreading of germs.

First off, you want to have a strong traction mat when first entering the lobby. This will help prevent any falls due to outside moisture or mud being brought in from the outside. Mats are a great way to reduce the risk of further injury when entering the medical facility.

Healthcare Design Magazine reports that guests’ impressions when they enter a medical facility should begin with the lobby. One way to evoke certain emotions is by using visual images that not only brighten up the room but add a bit of personality. You want patients to feel safe and secure, not in a sterile environment.

According to Facility Care, the environment in which a patient is receiving treatment can have an effect on their overall evaluation. As patients become more aware of their surroundings, their ideas about treatment can be affected. It’s critical that healthcare facilities offer a safe environment to these patients.

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Study suggests vitamin D may not be the cure for knee pain

Despite the fact previous research has tied vitamin D to bone health, new findings are suggesting the nutrient may not be able to help with knee pain. The New York Times reports a recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association suggests vitamin D may not alleviate a patient’s knee pain.

“Although there were lots of promising observational data, we find no efficacy of vitamin D for knee osteoarthritis,” Dr. Timothy McAlindon, the study’s lead author and chief of the division of rheumatology at Tufts Medical Center, told the news provider. “There may be reasons to take vitamin D supplements, but knee osteoarthritis is not one of them.”

Still, the Chicago Tribune reports not all medical professionals are convinced. Robert Heaney, who has studied vitamin D, told the news provider that the nutrient can affect people differently, so some individuals may not feel an improvement while others would.