May 3, 2018
Safety through Design
Healthcare facilities use a variety of methods and protocols to reduce adverse events. But these procedures are sometimes created in a silo, limiting their effectiveness with the possibility of actually increasing injuries and errors.
To address this, we are providing a workshop in Chicago, June 25-26, that will inform, challenge and advance your understanding of how design impacts patient and staff safety, and introduce innovative solutions from experts in six key areas:
- Patient handling
- Behavioral health
- Patient falls
- Medication errors
- Workplace violence
- Infection prevention
The best part is, workshop attendees will have an action plan filled with new ideas and tools to bring back to their project teams. I would like to actually encourage you to bring your team to this workshop and work directly with the nine faculty members who are really a "who's who" of safety thought leaders. You can read more about this workshop including learning objectives, the agenda and speaker bios here.
Speaking of safety, we have a Health Design Insights Networking event coming up May 17 in Nashville, where Christopher Pietrzykowski, Director, AdvanTEC, United Technologies Corporation, will describe the process used for a recently completed LEED Platinum state-of-the-art intelligent building located in Jupiter FL. Chris will illustrate how making use of advanced building solutions can create an environment that enhances building occupant experience, increases operational efficiencies as well as protect people and property.
Want even more resources with the latest thinking on safety? Our Insights and Solutions section of the website has everything from webinars, executive summaries, EDAC Advocate firm projects to tools, interviews and more - you can find all the safety resources here.
Have you recently completed a project that used an evidence-based design process? You might want to submit an application to the Evidence-Based Design Touchstone Awards. Applications for this round are due on June 15 and we are providing information sessions to answer any questions you may have on May 9, May 11 and June 8. Bring your questions about the awards or submission criteria to this interactive, online information session. Remember, this round of award recipients will be recognized at this year's Healthcare Design Expo & Conference. Awards are given to projects that show exemplary achievement across touchstones of the EBD process: collaboration, evaluation, and sharing. (You can see the 2017 recipients here.)
As we continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary, our pledge to you is to continue to offer you the needed tools, resources and insights to ensure all healthcare environments are healthy, safe and produce the best possible outcomes for patients, families, and staff. You can be a part of our celebration by donating to The Center for Health Design. Donations help us achieve the research, education, and advocacy goals that unleash design's healing power in the U.S. and abroad and help us to reach our financial goal of ensuring a strong future for decades yet to come. Click here to make a contribution to The Center and make a difference in the future of healthcare.
Debra Levin, EDAC
President and CEO
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