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Walking Hospital. Healthy trough walking

Planning for Healthcare: Health Care Facilities Breakout Sessions. A series of talks at the interface between medicine and architecture as part of the postgraduate master's programme of MedUniVienna and Vienna University of Technology

[Translate to English:] HCF

The postgraduate Master's programme in Health Care Facilities (HCF), a joint project of the Vienna University of Technology and MedUni Vienna, will start in autumn 2023. This programme, which is unique in Europe, is aimed at students with a background in medicine, architecture, management, information technology, spatial planning or nursing. In the run-up to this, a series of interdisciplinary discussions on current challenges, the "HCF Breakout Sessions", will take place in the winter semester 2022/23.

Health Care Facilities Breakout Sessions: 'Walking Hospital. Healthy trough walking
Wednesday 11.01.2023, 16:00 – 17:30, opens an external URL in a new window

The term "health care facilities" refers to the infrastructure that the health care system needs to provide its services. This includes in particular hospitals and care facilities, as well as generally all facilities for diagnosis, therapy and prophylaxis, which ideally result in a powerful, efficient and resilient holistic system. The planning of these infrastructures is currently facing major challenges, which the HCF Breakout Sessions are addressing. They are called "Break Out Sessions" because they appeal to an audience from many disciplines who wants to cross interdisciplinary boundaries for an hour and a half.

The third HCF Break Out Session will address the major issue of impaired mobility in hospitalized patients and residents in health care facilities. Decreased mobility, loss of physical function and cognitive decline are frequently observed in hospitals and nursing homes. Functional impairment is related to disease activity but also to prolonged bedrest and other factors of health care practice that limit the possibility of being mobile. Michael Hiesmayr from Medical University Vienna will introduce the topic and present with Maja Kevdzija from Technical University Vienna the epidemiology of impaired mobility and the consequences for patient outcome as well as possible interventions. The architect Femke Feenstra will give a keynote on her research on “Reactivating Hospital” and “Carebnb”. She was trained at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design. She thinks that designers need to look outside their own field of expertise. The Break Out Session will be held in English.

Planned topics and dates, Wednesdays 16:00 - 17:30 via Zoom

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