Acuity-adaptable units (AAUs) have been used in hospitals for the past decade, but reports in the literature have indicated both success in meeting operational goals and objectives (Annonio, Graham, & Ross, 2010; Brown & Gallant, 2006; Clark, Roberts, & Traylor, 2004;...
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Health Facility Evaluation for Design Practitioners. Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, DArch, AIA, ACHA, LEED. Myersville, MD: Asclepion Publishing, 2011. 278 pages. ISBN 978-0-9845689-0-1 ( http://store.healthdesign.org/)
The United States is engaged in an unprecedented healthcare building boom. Some of the reasons for this include the replacement of aging facilities, an understanding of the impact of the built environment on quality and safety, the incorporation of rapidly emerging technologies, and...
Healthcare systems face innumerable challenges to patient safety on a daily basis.
Because of the breadth of the topic of evaluation research methods, this discussion focuses on practitioner-focused facility evaluation (PFE). Evaluating the success of facilities is the most common type of study conducted by practitioners in the field of health design research. There are a variety...
Lactation space is often a small part of the architectural program of any neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). States that have adopted the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities as part of their building code require lactation support space “in or...
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The physical environment of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) has changed dramatically over the past 20 years.