“The very first requirement of a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm.”~ Florence Nightingale
The medical fraternity has come out in support of the growing mass of scientific evidence that identifies indoor plants as a solution to the polluted atmosphere within a modern office environment – ignoring this would be counterproductive to the performance of any organisation.
Being aware of ways to positively improve our health and wellbeing is critical to a successful outcome when designing any working environment. The advantages proffered by the presence of indoor plants in the hospital environment can also be applied to the more traditional sealed space of the modern office.
Indoor plants reduce hospital stays
Dr Roger S Ulrich (Ph.D), in his study of the health benefits of gardens in hospitals, refers to the many benefits experienced by patients by simply looking at gardens and plants. The presence of plants in the hospital environment improves the wellbeing of staff, reduces stress levels in patients and thereby promotes faster post-operative recovery times.
As is the case with the construction and development cost of office buildings, “extraordinary amounts of money are spent internationally for the construction of health care environments”. Ulrich states that there are many opportunities and benefits, economic and otherwise, in enriching and improving the lives of patients.
Dr Ulrich concluded that these studies have now converged to indicate that having a natural view is extremely beneficial. He states that this “significantly ameliorates stress within only five minutes or less,” thereby fostering improvement in clinical outcomes, such as reducing the need for pain medication and shortening hospital stays.
In the opinion of the medical fraternity, there is a direct correlation between the presence of indoor plants in the workplace and improved health. If we consider the many risks we face in our daily lives, some of which are avoidable and some not, it makes sense to take every available precaution. Indoor plants offer us an opportunity to reduce the many health risks associated with the modern sealed environment in both a practical and environmentally pleasing manner.
Courtesy: Interior Plantscapers Association