Healthy hospitals to work towards: what should they be?

Hospitals and health centers are designed with the patient experience in mind, in an effort to make their passage through these healthcare spaces less traumatic and beneficial to their health. However, in the development of their infrastructures, as well as in the system of established schedules and shifts, they are far from it healthy places for your employeesalthough efforts are being made to reverse this situation.

In recent decades, the concept of a healthy workplace has changed from an approach focused practically on the physical environment to one that includes health habits and psychosocial factors. This change in concept has made it possible to connect with the community and improve in other areas that affect employee health.

“The turning point started with a pandemicwhen health professionals had to share a lot of time at work”. A condition to which the practice of the profession is added “in some high stress levels“says Pilar Niño (President of the Spanish Society of Occupational Medicine and Safety, Semst) on Medical writing for the search that takes place in hospitals to im healthier environments for employees.

The specialist assures that “he is currently trying to advance in many hospitals”. A road map that should include “training of healthcare workers in this sense’, something vital to the achievement of this goal.

“A workplace must be organized in which workers can generate positive thoughts and attitude and this will have very beneficial effects on the overall health of healthcare workers,” he clarifies, confirming that it is not exclusively about infrastructure, but about psychological needs specialists working in health centers.

In this sense, the doctor explained to this newspaper that “this matter must be considered and acted upon from the management of the hospital or referral down and from basic positions (nurses, residents and assistants) up, making intervention at the level physical, mental and psychosocial health. We need to expand the worker’s connection to his workplace and strengthen the ties between everyone.”

Guards affect the health of toilets

The long working hours “they are fully reflected in the lives of professionals,” he points out, before stating that “awareness is starting to rise in health centers” in this regard. However, the president of Semts explains that “much remains to be done and will be needed in this globalized world (p pandemics and health crises foreseeable in the near future) know how to act and act accordingly.

Long working hours ‘totally affect the lives of healthcare professionals’

The infrastructures of the health buildings must be adapted to the duty of the emergency services of the health centers and hospitals “staff rest areas with natural lightingproper ventilation and no noise”. In addition, the health of pregnancy health, which may be particularly sensitive, as well as in their reintegration after motherhood, creating “spaces adapted for breastfeeding“, Pilar Niño explains to Medical writing. These measures would help create a healthier workplace for everyone.

WHO supports the creation of healthy workplaces

In 2007, the World Health Assembly, part of the WHO, launched a global action plan designed to improve workers’ health. Its purpose was to encourage the taking of measures aimed at improving the working environment, turning it into healthy spaces. This model, proposed by the WHO and which finally came to light in 2010, aimed to provide a flexible theoretical framework which can be adapted to the reality of different countries, work environments and cultures.

To achieve this, the world literature was systematically reviewed, both the concept of a healthy work environment and policies and practices for improving health in the work environment. The development of this document involved 56 experts from 22 countries, regional offices and representatives of WHO programs related to the topic, a representative of the International Labor Organization, two international representatives of non-governmental organizations and representatives of workers and employees.

What should a healthy workspace look like?

A healthy work environment should provide a open accessibility environment and acceptance for people of diverse origins, backgrounds, abilities and skills. It must also ensure that differences between groups of workers or difficulties affecting particular groups are minimized or eliminated.

A healthy workplace is one in which the employee’s concept of health goes beyond the absence of illness. These are prosperous organizations in terms of their work and how they achieve their goals: company health and that of the employee are closely related.

It should not only include health protectionbut also health promotion. A healthy workplace is when workers and managers collaborate in a process of continuous improvement to promote and protect health, safety and welfare.

Although it may contain statements, data or notes from health institutions or professionals, the information contained in Medical Writing is edited and prepared by journalists. We recommend that the reader consult a health professional for all health-related questions.

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