Special Supplement: Understanding the Role of Facility Design in the Acquisition and Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections

December 17, 2013     Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in collaboration with HERD
  Work related to healthcare-associated infection prevention has predominantly focused on changing clinician behaviors, improving teamwork, and “promoting a culture of safety.” In addition, there is a growing body of evidence that the built environment plays a...

Facility Design to Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infection

March 4, 2013     D. Kirk Hamilton, FAIA, FACHA, EDAC

Senior Environments: When We Become Them

March 4, 2013     Margaret P. Calkins, PhD, CAPS, EDAC

Patient Safety as the Number One Priority in Healthcare Design

October 31, 2011     Jaynelle F. Stichler, DNS, RN, EDAC, FACHE, FAAN
Jaynelle F. Stichler, DNS, RN, EDAC, FACHE, FAAN

Physical Environment Design for Improving Patient Safety

October 31, 2011     Ayse P. Gurses, PhD and Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD
Peter J. Provonost, MD, PhD Ayse P. Gurses, PhD

Color-Coding and Human Factors Engineering To Improve Patient Safety Characteristics of Paper-Based Emergency Department Clinical Documentation

August 31, 2011     Leo Kobayashi, MD, Robert M. Boss III, RN, Frantz J. Gibbs, MD, Eric Goldlust, MD, PhD, Michelle M. Hennedy, BSN, RN, James E. Monti, MD, and Nathan A. Siegel, MD
Introduction Healthcare systems face innumerable challenges to patient safety on a daily basis.

Estimates of Crowding in Long-Term Care: Comparing Two Approaches

February 15, 2011     Donna L. Algase, PhD, Cathy Antonakos, PhD, Elizabeth Beattie, PhD, Cynthia Beel-Bates, PhD, and Jun-Ah Song, PhD
Crowding has been widely examined in the literature on health, disease, and housing regulation, yet a specific examination of this important concept is lacking in the literature on creating and evaluating environments for people with dementia (Sloane et al., 2002; Teresi, Holmes, & Ory, 2000;...

Wayfinding for People With Dementia: A Review of the Role of Architectural Design

February 15, 2011     Gesine Marquardt, Dr-Ing
Introduction Finding one's way is an essential ability and a prerequisite for autonomy and independence, thereby promoting self-sufficiency and self-esteem. However, spatial disorientation and declining wayfinding abilities are among the frequently mentioned early symptoms of dementia. In 2002...

Establishing a Substantial Link Between Human and Environmental Welfare

September 30, 2010     Caren S. Martin, PhD, CID, FASID, IIDA
Caren S. Martin, PhD, CID, FASID, IIDA Research is viewed as an essential activity in the creation of design solutions to address the safety crisis in healthcare environments (Institute of Medicine, 1999).

Chemical Hazards Analysis of Resilient Flooring for Healthcare

January 1, 2010     Tom Lent, Julie Silas, JD, and Jim Vallette
Acknowledgments:Chemical Hazards Analysis of Resilient Flooring for Health Care is an edited excerpt of a white paper, Resilient Flooring & Chemical Hazards: A Comparative Analysis of Vinyl and Other Alternatives for Health Care, originally released in May 2009 by the Research Collaborative of...

Using Task Analysis in Healthcare Design To Improve Clinical Efficiency

February 1, 2009     Jun Lu, PhD and Sue Hignett, PhD
Acknowledgments: This article presents independent research commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), National Health Service (NHS) Physical Environment Research Programme. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR, or the...

Environmental Issues Related to Medication Errors in Long-Term Care: Lessons From the Literature

February 1, 2009     Atiya Mahmood, PhD, Habib Chaudhury, PhD, and Alana Gaumont
Introduction Medication errors contribute significantly to patient morbidity and mortality and are associated with considerable cost to the healthcare system (Chaudhury & Mahmood, 2007). This is especially true in long-term care facilities for two reasons: elderly patients are more likely to...
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