New approach to building. Less spread of disease
The new infectious disease clinic in Malmö, Sweden has attracted considerable international attention. Personnel at the clinic were permitted to participate in planning the building and collaborated with the architects throughout the project.
The architecture became the primary tool in safeguarding against the spread of infectious diseases with wards that can be quickly isolated and accessed via separate entrances, elevators of various types for transport needs, good availability of natural light and ventilation, and with an interior and choice of colors that promote accelerated and stimulating recovery.
Sweden has had increasingly fewer outbreaks of resistant bacteria compared to for example, the US and UK. A possible explanation to this can be the focus on increasing the number of single-patient rooms. That the new way of building hospitals and clinics costs more unfortunately slows further development, but placed in the perspective of what multi-resistant bacteria outbreaks of the SARS type cost society, the debate should be conducted in more forums.