Features

Design Story
Shared Experience
Shared Information
Shared Space
Supportive Seating
Beyond Exam Rooms

Design Story

DESIGNED FOR PARTNERSHIP

The exam room can support or prevent relationships of trust and understanding between doctors and patients from developing. Yet today’s exam rooms are designed for an old model of healthcare.

Steelcase Health research recently revealed five ways the exam room is failing doctors, patients, and family members; as a result introduces Node with ShareSurface, a clinician chair designed for partnership.

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Shared Experience

Designed to remove barriers between patients, clinicians and family members, Node with ShareSurface nurtures human connection.

  • Seat height-adjustability levels the playing field for clinicians and patients, supporting shoulder-to-shoulder collaboration and eye-to-eye contact, facilitating mutual teaching and learning.
  • By integrating technology with Node, clinicians take information with them as they move throughout a space, bringing everyone in the room into the healthcare experience.
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Shared Information

SHARED INFORMATION

While the use of technology in healthcare isn’t a new concept, the thoughtful integration of that technology is. Node with ShareSurface optimizes the use of technology in healthcare spaces, without creating a barrier between clinician and patient.

Whether ShareSurface is directed toward the clinician to input information, swiveled toward the patient to share information, or stowed to the side during the physical exam, the patient and clinician remain connected throughout the experience.

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Shared Space

Node optimizes exam room spaces by combining a worksurface for technology and information sharing with sleek ergonomic seating, all within an efficient footprint.

ShareSurface—with 180° side-to-side pivot and 360° surface rotation—provides superior sharing coverage in less space. Its thoughtful design is ideal for transitioning between rooms and throughout an exam space.

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Supportive Seating

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From room to room and patient to patient—clinicians are on the go all day long. Node with ShareSurface clinician chair features:

  • a flexible back and passive lumbar curve, so doctors can transition between multiple postures comfortably.
  • a stable base and secure arm rests that support a natural range of motion

Whether reclined in a relaxed position or shifted forward to engage closely with the patient, Node with Share Surface for comfort from the first appointment to the last.

Beyond Exam Rooms

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Node goes beyond the exam room, serving as a reliable seating solution for infusion bays as well. While moving from bay to bay can be physically taxing on clinicians, Node with ShareSurface seating for clinicians offers mobility and ergonomic support so clinicians can see and share with more patients, comfortably and efficiently.

Insights

Observations
Research

Observations

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COMPROMISED INTERACTIONS

While exam rooms often host multiple participants—patient, clinician and family member—the current infrastructure doesn’t support eye-to-eye communication, reinforcing traditional hierarchy postures between clinician and patient, and minimizing opportunities for shared decision making.

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COMPROMISED CONNECTION

When technology isn’t thoughtfully integrated in exam spaces, transitions between inputting data, sharing information and the physical exam become awkward and disjointed. With technology creating a barrier between patients and clinicians, patients connect less with the doctor and more with the back of a screen. This distances them from decisions regarding their own health outcomes.

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COMPROMISED ERGONOMICS

The physical demands on nurses and doctors are high. In a single day, a clinician might travel between several exam rooms and multiple buildings. With little time to rest between appointments and a lack of ergonomic exam room seating options, a clinician’s physical wellbeing can become compromised.

Typical exam room seating consists of a rolling stool without a back or arm rests. This forces clinicians to prop themselves against walls and countertops—not only jeopardizing their physical health, but their safety as well.

Research

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INTRODUCING NODE WITH SHARESURFACE FOR EXAM ROOMS

This article was written by the Steelcase Health team. Going to the doctor is one of the most personal and

Introducing Node with ShareSurface for Exam Rooms
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TRANSFORMING THE EXAM ROOM FOR MUTUAL PARTICIPATION

Americans make nearly one billion trips to the doctor every year, nearly three trips annually for every man, woman and

Transforming the Exam Room for Mutual Participation

Product Range

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NODE CHAIR – FIVE-STAR STOOL

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NODE CHAIR – FIVE-STAR BASE WITHOUT WORKSURFACE

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NODE CHAIR – FIVE-STAR BASE WITH WORKSURFACE

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NODE CHAIR – TRIPOD BASE WITHOUT WORKSURFACE, WITH GLIDES

For more product information about Node with ShareSurface, please visit steelcase.com