Room to Grow Healthy

This simple detail can speed hospital recovery time.

By Lisa Miller Fields from Reader's Digest | July 2006

You’re in the hospital, feeling bad, and you’ve got a loud, cranky roommate.

Relief is on the way. Patients who stay in private rooms recover faster, so the American Institute of Architects’ Academy of Architecture for Health now recommends that all new hospitals be built with private rooms only. “Single rooms are more efficient,” says Dr. Dennis O’Leary of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. “They reduce medical errors and infections, and patients will probably get out of the hospital faster.”

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