Thermal Comfort in Healthcare

Waiting Rooms: Allowing different user groups (seated, lightly-clad patients and fully-dressed, continually-walking nurses) to sit close to or far away from windows, heating/cooling supply grilles, or even desk fans, helps to create opportunities for various occupants to find comfort and modulate their own microclimates.
Imaging suites, notoriously difficult places to maintain patient thermal comfort, require strategies on both an architectural and a local scale to make patients comfortable. The placement of cool supply air grilles away from the patient helps to ensure that more cooling is delivered to the machine than to the patient, while heated blankets can help keep patients warm prior to entering an imaging machine.