Safety by Design


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


Designing Obstetrics Spaces For The 30-something Mom

August 14, 2015     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor

More and more women are waiting longer to have children, requiring healthcare providers to up the ante aesthetically in birthing spaces while also supporting more complex services. 


Little Things: Designing For Labor, Delivery, And Beyond

July 31, 2015     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor

Hospitals and health systems around the country are investing capital dollars in the birth experience, from creating standalone birth centers to renovating obstetrics units, all in an effort to get the details right for that special day—and, hopefully, inspire lifelong relationships along the way.


NICU Simulation Lab Sees Continuous Improvement

July 24, 2015     Tammy Smith Thompson

The Institute for Patient-Centered Design’s 2013 design competition to improve the NICU environment is reaching the final installment of its resulting simulation lab, with plenty learned along the way from the industry members and other stakeholders who have weighed in on iterations of its design. Here’s some of what was learned along the way.


A Fresh Look At Pediatric Oncology, Behavioral Health Spaces

July 9, 2015     Tammy Smith Thompson

The Institute for Patient-Centered Design launches a new behavioral health design competition, as last year’s winning pediatric oncology care submission progresses toward becoming a real-life learning lab. 


What’s The Best Nurses’ Station Design For Psychiatric Hospitals?

July 1, 2015     Jeffrey R. Mural

Balancing staff safety and the humane treatment of patients in behavioral healthcare facilities is often difficult when designing the nurses’ station. But options are available. Here are tips on how to figure out which one is right for your space.


Is Designing For Resiliency The New Normal?

June 11, 2015     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

The effects of climate change and extreme weather events aren't just a concern for hospitals in traditionally high-risk areas anymore. Perkins+Will's Robin Guenther explains why more healthcare facilities should be assessing their vulnerabilities and adapting their designs.


Making Room For Isolation Patients

June 10, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
As Texas Children’s adds an isolation unit prepared to serve kids with a variety of infectious diseases, including Ebola, it faces the design challenge of building in flexibility for use by non-isolation patients, as well.

If These Walls Could Heal

May 28, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief

Recent studies and real-world room designs, described at the Healthcare Design Academy in Houston, aim to take HAI prevention to the next level.


The Evolution Of Healthcare Design Interiors

April 24, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief

Healthcare interiors have come a long way from the days when the words “design” and “hospital” were rarely used in the same sentence


PHOTO TOUR: Seattle Children’s Hospital Psychiatry And Behavioral Medicine Unit

April 17, 2015     Posted by Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Take a visual walk through the new children’s program in Seattle, opened in fall 2014.
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