For years hospitals in Iran have been built based on the experience and general knowledge of the architects, but as the technology evolves into more state-of-the-art instruments, the details of construction and installations becomes more and more complicated. Considering this urgent and important need and after The Physical Spaces management office suggested the idea of a united national standard in the field of hospital design, the ministry of health ordered for the codification of a series of 30 volume bookin 2008, named : standards for planning and design of safe hospitals.
The goal was to provide a set of comprehensive standards and regulations which cover all the aspects of hospital design, is fully approved by the Ministry of Health in Iran and must be performed in all Medical facilities throughout Iran. This helped prevent the following shortcommings in Hospitals across Iran.
To be able to cover all the aspects and finest details of information regarding hospital design, the hospital was divided into 40 different wards and each ward is presented in a separate book.
To complete this mission successfully, a team of 35 experiences engineers from different fields related to hospital design, construction and equipping have been gathered. For each book, a team of nearly 50 specialized physicians, nurses, managers and even service providers have been asked to cooperate as consultants so we can look at the problem from all possible angles and points of view.
The team had to have two approaches:
1- Knowing the international and regional approaches and standards towards hospital design and thoroughly studying the adverse events and success stories in other countries.
2- Knowing, implementing and translating the Iranian culture, medical habits and preferences into a standard form to help facilitate the treatment process for physicians and patients simultaneously while implementing the standards and safety guidelines.
To achieve this, almost 5000 hours was spent in studying 3000 to 5000 national and international documents and attending more than 200 hours of specialized meetings for each single book.
As a result, in the past 11 years we have managed to publish 15 volumes of this series as stated below:
General medical/surgical care unit
Intensive Care Unit
Intensive Cardiac Care Unit
Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit/ Neonatal Special Care Unit
Central Sterile Services Department
Regulations of Choosing Medical Mobile Emergency Units
Maintenance Management of Physical Resources in Healthcare Facilities
Medical Imaging Department
Assisted Reproductive Technology
Each Book covers four effective, main approaches in designing a hospital: Architecture, Hospital Equipment, Mechanical Installations, Electrical Installations.