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Students design hospital rooms that cause epileptic seizures

Hospital Safety Insider, March 17, 2016

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A group of students are helping a Grand Rapids, Michigan, hospital help their patients who are prone to seizures-by designing a hospital room that will hopefully give them seizures, according to a report from WOOD-TV.

Students from Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) are collaborating on the project with Spectrum Health Innovations for the room redesign in Spectrum Health's Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU). While the idea sounds cruel at first, the report notes that some patients check in to the EMU and stay until they have a seizure, which provides doctors with information about where the seizure originates and decide on a treatment plan. Epilepsy patients are mostly confined to their bed during their stay for safety reasons, and without stress, movement and other environmental factors that can trigger seizures the patients can wait for days in the EMU, or not have a seizure at all.

The group of KCAD students are designing a hospital room that would allow movement and provide natural light, patterns, and other potential seizure triggers for patients, while integrating safety features such as a lack of sharp edges, cushioned flooring, and other safety features for patients with epilepsy.

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