Safety by Design

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Infection Prevention: What Design Can Do

October 14, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
The Ebola threat underscores the need for all players in the healthcare arena—designers, engineers, and architects included—to do everything they can to stop the spread of infection within facilities.
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Using Psychiatric Facility Design To Inspire Integrated Care Spaces

September 18, 2014     James M. Hunt
In order to answer the industry push to treat both general and psychiatric patients in one location, the proper physical environment to support integrated care is essential. In order to make these spaces safe—and attractive—for all, there’s plenty to learn from design solutions already being applied in psychiatric care settings.
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Take Five With David Ruthven

September 15, 2014     Posted by Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
The creative director at NXT Health discusses the top five tech-fueled trends and issues getting his attention right now.
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Redundancy: The Key To Keeping The Power On At Your Data Center

August 26, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Designing specific protective measures into a data storage facility can help owners and operators avoid unplanned outages.
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Emergency Response: Answering Patient Needs With A Standalone ED

August 21, 2014     Hilke Schoonvliet, Nicholas Watkins, Christy Spivey, and Chelsea Greemore
Research informed a new model of care for New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s delivery of emergency medicine.
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Where Operations And Design Meet

August 12, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
Even the best operational models can achieve new levels of success if supported by the right built environment. A recent study captures lots of potential for fall prevention, but what if such initiatives were paired with proven evidence-based design solutions?
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PHOTO TOUR: Oakwood Home For Adults With Autism

July 11, 2014     posted by Kristin D. Zeit
Take a visual walk through the Oakwood Home for Adults with Autism at Oakland’s Hospital near Caterham, Surrey, U.K., completed in March 2014.
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Patient Bathroom Designs Balance Style And Safety

June 25, 2014     Barbara Horwitz-Bennett
Design directives inspiring today’s patient bathrooms put safety first but incorporate hospitality touches, too, leaving designers with plenty of options to consider and pursue.
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Full Immersion: A Personal Perspective On ADA Codes

June 16, 2014     Christine Guzzo Vickery
After learning plenty of lessons from being a patient in a hospital he designed, one healthcare architect gained a whole new perspective on accessibility, too, when he left the hospital in a wheelchair.
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PHOTO TOUR: Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Joint Center And TIRR

June 6, 2014     posted by Kristin D. Zeit
Take a visual walk through The Joint Center and The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital in The Woodlands, Texas, opened in February 2014.
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Boomer Nation: Applying Generational Research To Design Approaches

May 8, 2014     Gary Vance
While not a lot of research exists specifically on designing for baby boomers, there’s plenty of information available on the generation in general that can be used to shape the design of healthcare spaces to support the aging population.
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Therapy By Design

May 7, 2014     Gerri Cote
The belief that the built environment plays a critical role in shaping outcomes for behavioral health patients inspired a series of interiors projects at Vermont’s Brattleboro Retreat.
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Proving ROI On Healthcare Design

April 15, 2014     Ellen Taylor
Presenting a business case to justify proposed design interventions in healthcare facilities can be challenging, but there are plenty of approaches to take to support an investment.
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Boomer Nation: Improving Building Entrances For Seniors

April 10, 2014     Gary Vance
Often unfamiliar with the path of travel when entering a healthcare facility, seniors are at risk for falls, requiring thoughtful design of the entry sequence.
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Operations Commissioning: Putting New Healthcare Buildings To The Test

April 8, 2014     Kathy Reno and David Grazman
In the same way that commissioning ensures building systems were installed properly and will perform as expected, clinical operations commissioning assesses building workflows created by a new space to ensure staff is ready to accept patients in it.
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