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eBook: Empowering the Patient and Hospital Staff: Evidence Based Designs Practices that Promote Healing in a Healthcare Environment

Evidence-based design is largely associated with numerous aspects of the built environment that support satisfaction and outcomes of the general patient population. However, taking into account the needs of both the staff and patient is becoming a critical step in the design process.


Reducing the Risk of Patient Self-Harm: The Case for Ligature-Resistant Products

When speaking of a comprehensive patient-safety risk assessment in pre-project planning, the design challenge is to balance patient safety without negatively impacting the creation of a therapeutic environment that is conducive to patient healing and recovery.

Nonetheless, the...

Better Care, Less Cost and More Value: Getting in Tune with New Healthcare Realities

Reducing Healthcare Associated Infection with Better Environmental Choices  

The Healthcare-Associated Infection Challenge
It is one of the ironies with our healthcare system: the place where you go to get well can also make...

Coated Fabric Upholstery Materials for Healthcare Settings: Selection and Disinfection

With the intensive and ever-changing demands of healthcare reform, providers of all stripes are demanding more access to reporting and transparency on their environments.  A white-hot spotlight is shining on furniture, specifically its...

Understanding Wood: A Material Connection with Nature

Recent studies have proven that human beings’ connection with nature through the inclusion of wood veneers in the interior built environment provides an improved sense of well-being and comfort, reduced stress, and quickened patient healing. This can be attributed to the creation of a rich...

eBook: Reducing Noise and Improving Care in Modern Healthcare Facilities

The mission of many modern hospitals has expanded to not only include rehabilitation of a patient’s body, but also to rejuvenate their mind and spirit.

Patient Centered Design: More Control, Improved Outcomes, Better Scores

The future of design is focused on the patient.  HCAHPS survey scores are now tied to reimbursement rates, making every aspect of the patient experience influential, from admission to discharge.

With recent clinical research reports revealing the...

Design Approaches To Reduce Patient-Fall Injuries

Each year, between 700,000 and 1 million patients fall while in the hospital.  That rivals the number of patients who contract a healthcare associated infection (HAI). Of those patient falls, 11,000 result in a fatality, and 30-35% result in injuries.

Impact of Interior Design on Autistic Adults and Children

Think of how you experience the world—it’s through touch, smell, and sight. For the 1 in 68 people born with autism, each sense is heightened so that walking into a room that isn’t designed thoughtfully can feel like a sensory minefield. This paper discusses the recent design...

Sound Masking Brings Patient Comfort to a Modern Hospital: Case Study

The facilities team at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel had a good problem. Their beautiful three- story 200,000 square-foot hospital was designed to create an environment optimal for treating the whole patient – mind, body, and spirit. The specially designed curved hallways, modern...

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