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Understanding Design Vulnerabilities in the Physical Environment Relating to Patient Fall Patterns in a Psychiatric Hospital: Seven Years of Sentinel Events

Author(s): Bayramzadeh, S., Portillo, M., Carmel-Gilfilen, C.
​Finding effective ways to prevent patient falls and fall-related injuries has been an ongoing struggle and debate for many modern medical practitioners. Previous studies have shown that nearly 30% of falls that occur in hospital settings result in injuries and, subsequently, additional treatments.
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Added March 2019

Optimal spaces for those living with dementia: Principles and evidence

Author(s): Barrett, P., Sharma, M., Zeisel, J.
​The World Health Organization (WHO) identifies dementia as a major cause of dependency among elderly populations around the world, with roughly 50 million people affected at the time of this writing.
Key Point Summary
Added March 2019

What makes a garden in the elderly care facility well used?

Author(s): Shi, S. L., Tong, C. M., Marcus, C. C.
The World Health Organization estimates that by 2050, 22% of the world’s population will be over the age of 60. As the population of this age group continually increases, healthcare providers are constantly striving to improve the quality of long-term care facilities so that they can provide better experiences for elderly patients.
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Added March 2019

Exploring the Effects of Clinical Exam Room Design on Communication, Technology Interaction, and Satisfaction

Author(s): Zamani, Z., Harper, E. C.
The use of electronic health records (EHRs) in exam rooms is common, but research assessing the impact of EHRs on the exam experience is mixed.  Limited research for healthcare design suggests exam room layouts can influence patient-provider interactions through improved information sharing.
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Added August 2020

Effects of adjustable dynamic bedroom lighting in a maternity ward

Author(s): Canazei, M., Pohl, W., Weninger, J., Bliem, H., Weiss, E. M., Koch, C., Berger, A., Firulovic, B., Marth, C.
This study considered the impact of dynamic vs. static lighting color and intensity on mothers who had scheduled C-section deliveries of healthy babies in a single Austrian maternity clinic.
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Added August 2020

Understanding nurses’ workflow: Batching care and potential opportunities for transmission of infectious organisms, a pilot study

Author(s): Gregory, L., Weston, L. E., Harrod, M., Meddings, J., Krein, S. L.
Hand hygiene and personal protective equipment (PPE) strategies are employed to prevent disease transmission in the contact precaution room. Studies revealed that precautionary measures perceived as overwhelming required more time in patient care and required changes in workflow.
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Added October 2021