Safety by Design

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6 Evidence-Based Design Strategies For Med/Surg Rooms

May 19, 2016     Debra Levin

The Center for Health Design studied patient rooms in medical/surgical units to identify the top design considerations that should be introduced for improved patient and staff safety. Here’s a look at the top six. 

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Historic Renovation Offers Lessons In Adaptive Reuse

April 7, 2016     Steve Wiser

A landmark building offered the ideal site for a Louisville, Ky., nonprofit healthcare provider, but retrofitting the 80-year-old space to support modern care delivery was a historic challenge.

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New Terrain: Designing Outdoor Rehab Spaces

April 1, 2016     Brenna Costello

Rehabilitation patients are often challenged by what were once routine movements, such as traversing an incline or stepping up onto a curve. To help ease their transition from hospital to home, facilities are designing terrain parks and agility courses that challenge and help patients regain independence. 

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The Home Stretch: Designing Rehab Centers

March 18, 2016     Sharon Schnall

Well-designed rehabilitation centers provide responsive environments to patients over both short- and long-term stays, re-creating independent living as much as possible to help ease the transition back home.

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Risk Management: Preparing Your Facility To Handle Infectious Disease Patients

February 11, 2016     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

Healthcare facilities should be thinking about and designing to handle infectious disease patients—for today’s cases as well as those in the future.

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Patient-Centered Design Applications for Modern Healthcare Spaces

December 17, 2015     Adam Armstrong

In the shift to an emphasis on value-based care, patient HCAHPS scores can be influenced from intake to discharge—presenting an opportunity for architects and designers to massively influence outcomes and reimbursement through design.  

Watch this video as Mark Allen, Founding Partner and President of Futrus® Solutions With DuPont™ Corian®, defines the top trends in patient-centered design for the clinical environment.  Joining Mark is Tim Wright, Regional Sales Manager for DuPont™ Corian® Solid Surface, as he outlines how Corian® is influencing modern applications and designs within healthcare.

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Balancing Act In Behavioral Healthcare Design

December 1, 2015     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

Safety and patient empowerment star in new takes on patient room design for mental health facilities, as part of the Institute for Patient-Centered Design Inc.'s annual design competition.

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A New Movement For Healthcare: Universal Design

November 4, 2015     Gary L. Vance

As more and more boomers reach age 65, the healthcare planning and design community continues to search for clarity on how to design facilities for this significant cohort. With much still to learn about the generation’s unique requirements, universal design may serve as an ideal solution. 

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The Next Ebola Is Coming: Are Facilities Prepared?

October 23, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief

Infectious disease control was top of mind a year ago, but today, complacency is a threat. Understanding proper protocols and designing spaces to contain and treat highly communicative diseases require a pipeline of funding—and vigilance.

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The Evolution Of Behavioral Healthcare Environments

October 14, 2015     Peter L. Bardwell

Just as the delivery of behavioral healthcare care has transformed over the years, the spaces where treatment is provided is taking new shape to support these modern solutions, from private patient rooms to behavioral health spaces within EDs. 

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New Orleans Hospitals Adapt And Overcome

October 7, 2015     Craig Guillot

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, two new hospitals are rising, with designs that respond to the inherent threats of the city’s geography.

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The True Cost of the Medication Mistake: Creating an Environment that Limits Errors

October 1, 2015     By John Pierson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Carstens, Inc.

According to a recent study, medication errors cause up to 400,000 drug-related injuries in hospitals each year. How can designers aid hospitals in addressing the issue of medication errors? Creating spaces with improved point-of-care storage and distribution is one way to do just that.

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State Of Mind In Behavioral Healthcare Design

September 25, 2015     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

Behavioral healthcare design is making strides by incorporating the aesthetics and amenities of modern acute care facilities while maintaining the safety and comfort that patients require.

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FIRST LOOK: Clarity Child Guidance Center

September 9, 2015     Posted by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis

See a sneak peek of a new expansion to the San Antonio-based nonprofit children’s hospital specializing in behavioral health. 

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Design Rx: Delivering Operationally Efficient Pharmacies

September 1, 2015     Barbara Horwitz-Bennett

Today’s hospital pharmacies are stepping up their support of building productivity and patient care, while designers step up the functionality of the spaces themselves.

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