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Centralized to hybrid nurse station: Communication and teamwork among nursing staff

Author(s): Zhang, Y., Soroken, L., Laccetti, M., Castillero, E. R. d., Konadu, A.
Nursing stations often act as the primary workspaces for various members of a healthcare team while patients aren’t being directly worked with. Centralized nursing stations can lead to higher rates of telephone and computer use and administrative tasks while decreasing time spent caring for patients. Conversely, decentralized nursing stations have been found to create feelings of isolation and poor communication among staff. To emphasize the positive aspects of both formats, the authors propose a hybrid nursing station design that features decentralized stations connected to centralized meeting spaces.
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Added October 2020

Testing a Tool to Support Safety in Healthcare Facility Design

Author(s): Taylor, E., Quan, X., Joseph, A.
Added September 2017

Creating Nursing’s New Academic Spaces: Making Dreams Come True

Author(s): Bavier, A. R., Bavier, R. N.
Added September 2017

Investigating the fall-injury reducing effect of impact absorbing flooring among female nursing home residents: initial results

Author(s): Gustavsson, J., Bonander, C., Andersson, R., Nilson, F.
Added August 2020

One size fits all? Mixed methods evaluation of the impact of 100% single-room accommodation on staff and patient experience, safety and costs

Author(s): Maben, J., Griffiths, P., Penfold, C., Simon, M, Anderson, J. E., Robert, G., Pizzo, E., Hughes, J., Murrells, T., Barlow, J.
Authors indicate that despite the trend to adopt single-patient rooms, there is a dearth of strong evidence regarding its effect on healthcare quality and safety. When a hospital in England moved to a new building with 100% single rooms, a before-and-after move study was conducted on patient and staff experience, safety outcomes, and cost analysis. The study found that over two-thirds of the patients and one-fifth of the staff preferred single rooms.
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Added September 2017

Ceiling art in a radiation therapy department: its effect on patient treatment experience

Author(s): Bonett, J.
In computed tomography (CT) rooms, an important element in conducting effective radiation therapy is stabilizing each patient in a comfortable, reproducible position. Devices such as neck and head masks, knee rests and foot locks are often used to stabilize patients, but emotional reactions from patients can impede upon their ability to maintain the necessary treatment positions. Healthcare environments have recently begun implementing art into their structural design in order to reduce stress and anxiety in patients while increasing overall satisfaction with the treatment experience.
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Added September 2017

Fall prevention and bathroom safety in the epilepsy monitoring unit

Author(s): Spritzer, S. D., Riordan, K. C., Berry, J., Corbett, B. M., Gerke, J. K., Hoerth, M. T., Crepeau, A. Z., Drazkowski, J. F., Sirven, J. I., Noe, K. H.
​Injury-inducing falls are one of the most common harmful events that occur in epilepsy monitoring units (EMUs). Considering the risk provoked by epileptic symptoms such as spontaneous seizures, patients admitted to EMUs may be more likely to sustain falling injuries over patients in other areas of the hospital.
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Added March 2020

Lighting, sleep and circadian rhythm: An intervention study in the intensive care unit

Author(s): Engwall, M., Fridh, I., Johansson, L., Bergbom, I., Lindahl, B.
Regular daylight and night darkness provided over 24 hours is important for human health in supporting the body’s circadian rhythm. Intensive care unit (ICU) patients are not exposed to this naturally occurring cycle and as result can suffer from sleep deprivation and are at risk for ICU delirium.
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Added July 2019

Effectiveness of indoor environment quality in LEED-certified healthcare settings

Author(s): Xuan, X.
Added December 2017

Luminous environment in healthcare buildings for user satisfaction and comfort: an objective and subjective field study

Author(s): Lo Verso, V. R.M., Caffaro, F., Aghemo, C.
Lighting is important in healthcare, and the authors indicate its relevance to patient recovery and staff satisfaction. According to the authors, luminous environmental quality affects visual comfort, which is related to both natural and artificial lighting.
Key Point Summary
Added September 2017